Why are the SAT and ACT so (expletive) difficult!?!?!

Why are the SAT and ACT so (expletive) difficult!?!

The short answer is that the College Board  test designers as well as the makers of the ACT are just a bunch of jerks. They don’t like you and they don’t want you to go to college.  It’s a big conspiracy.

Just kidding. The test makers are not trying to make your life miserable. They’re  simply trying to develop a test that will show different elements of intelligence than are shown in normal school work.  The SAT and ACT are designed so that only the brightest students can get a perfect score. The way they do this, without making the content unfairly difficult, is by using tricky questions and unfamiliar formats for those questions.

Simply put, the SAT and ACT are difficult because they are unfamiliar. If you were to study not only the content, but  also the way in which the content is delivered, you would certainly begin to get the hang of it. When students begin to feel comfortable with the material and the format, they see huge score improvement.
So, if your job for the next few weeks to few months is to prepare for the SAT or ACT, start cracking! There is no substitute for diligent study of all the material and the various formats of the SAT and ACT.  While you’re studying for a given section, whether it be math, critical reading, science, or grammar, be sure to notice not only what content is covered by each section, but also any similarities among the questions. While  content is important,  strategy and understanding of the exam are much more important.  Remember, every standardized test is predictable and therefore beatable!

Of course, your best move its just drop us a line. We’ll be happy to help!  Director@temp.higherlearningtestprep.com

This is the time of year when many students are transitioning from study of the SAT to of the ACT. Along with that transition comes a lot of questions. Kids want to know:  What are the differences between the ACT in the SAT? Is the material the same? Are there specific tricks for each section?

The truth is that while much of the material for the ACT and SAT are the same, there are some major differences. The best way to learn those differences? Talk to your Higher Learning tutor. Also, peruse this blog, we’ve done previous posts for almost every aspect of each test.

Realistically, there’s far too many differences to list in this format. But just like the SAT, the ACT is predictable and beatable. Consistent study, attention to detail, and hard work can all pay off. In fact, for some students, the ACT maybe an easier test to study for than the SAT. The differences in the test are like differences in personality. And just like with personality, some people prefer certain traits that others would abhor.

Nevertheless, there’s no reason to be unprepared for the differences between the SAT and ACT. June 14th is fastly approaching. Drop us a line at


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How to Cram for the SAT

How to Cram for the SAT

With the June SAT fast approaching, our tutors get plenty of emails that go something like this, “I’ve got two weeks until the exam, is there enough time to study with a tutor and really see improvement?” Or something like this, “I bombed the math section, is there any tricks you can show me to quickly improve my score?” The answer to both questions is a qualified yes.

If you’ve got two weeks to go, you’re not quite out of time. But you’ll certainly need to get studying. In fact, as long as you’ve got a good understanding of fundamental algebra, geometry, reading comprehension, and grammar, starting to study two weeks before the exam might not be a bad idea at all. That is, as long as you’ve got one or two hours a day to study.

We recommend a rigorous approach if you’ve only got fourteen days until the SAT. After all, your scores on the exam will have tremendous influence on your choice of colleges. Set up one and a half hour sessions with your tutor every weekday for the first week. On Saturday, take a practice test. On Sunday, spend the one and a half hour session correcting your mistakes and talking strategy. The following week, meet with your tutor Monday through Thursday for one and a half hours. On Friday, you should relax. You’ve already completed 15 hours of intensive one-on-one study.

There you have it. A plan for your two week cram for the SAT. Tomorrow we’ll discuss exactly how to get the most out of each cram session. So come on back, slacker!

The June 7th SAT is just around the corner!

The June 7th SAT is just around the corner!

This is the best time to take the test. You’ve been working hard on math, grammar, and critical reading in school all year. Just as school is finishing up, the College Board is offering you the best chance to get a great score, because you are at your sharpest right now. All you need, is a little help with strategy.

The SAT is filled with tricky language and strange questions. But with our help, the SAT becomes incredibly predictable. Sign up right now and get our lowest rates of the year on our full course. Our full course comes with 20 hours of one-on-one focus study with one of the best tutors in the world. You’ll also take four real SAT practice tests prior to the exam.  These full length SAT practice tests will help continually focus your study time with your tutor.

Right now the SAT is hard. But, the SAT is predicable and beatable.  We can help make achieving your goal score easier. Furthermore, let’s keep it easy on your wallet. Princeton Review in Kaplan charge over $150 per hour for the same services that we offer for $65 per hour. Our tutors would all qualify as master level instructors for either Kaplan or Princeton Review. In fact Princeton Review recently offered to buy us out and employ all our tutors as “Master Level Instructors”.  Thanks, but no thanks.

All too predictably, Kaplan and Princeton Review charge more and pay their tutors less. We are a small company owned by this very same people that will be tutoring you or your son or daughter.  As an owner of this company, your tutor has a vested interest in the dramatic improvement of each student. Your success is our success.

So: If you want to work with the most qualified, experienced, and driven tutors in the world for a reasonable price… you know who to call!  Happy studying!

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