Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New SAT and ACT Boot Camp Dates Added!

Wait a second, do SAT or ACT Boot Camps really work?

Maybe this mother from Pebble Beach will convince you:

"After the CROSSWALK SAT Boot Camp, our son understood the ins and outs of SAT testing. He learned when to leave an answer blank, got a great picture of the entire scoring system, and practiced the techniques of eliminating wrong answers. His test scores improved immensely as did his confidence level. This is efficient learning at its best!"

OK, that is just one mom, but there are plenty of satisfied CROSSWALK clients that learn key strategies and test content for both the SAT and the ACT. 

The one-day SAT or ACT Boot Camp is not for every learner. In fact, don't expect to know everything after just one boot camp. But you will have all the tools to get the job done. Students understand test content, prepare a personalized game plan to get the desired score and learn key activities to hone skills. 

Best of all, a ton of new Boot Camp dates have been added for fall 2013 and winter 2014. Check the calendar at CROSSWALK for details. 

CROSSWALK Educational Services offers private tutoring in all academic subjects, personalized SAT and ACT Prep as well as small group ACT/SAT Boot Camps. Contact us today to learn more. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Superscoring the SAT and the ACT

Superscoring is the practice of taking the highest subscore from individual test sections to combine them into one superscore. A superscore would thus cherry pick the best subscores across multiple test dates in order to come up with one, more impressive superscore.

For example, let's say you take the SAT in the spring and score a 610 on the Math, a 630 on Critical Reading and a 540 on Writing for a total composite score of 1780. In an attempt to improve your score, you decide to take the test again the fall. On your second sitting, you score a 570 on the Math, a 640 on the Critical Reading and a 570 on the Writing. Again, your composite score is a 1780. However, your superscore is actually an 1820. 

You see, some schools will take the 610 you scored in Math from the first test and add that to the best Critical Reading and the best Writing score regardless of test date. Thus, your superscore is more impressive than your composite score.

Same goes for the ACT. Some schools will select your best score in each section (Math, Reading, Science, Writing) and average those best scores all together for one ACT superscore. 

Now, the rub is that not all schools follow this method. Schools undoubtedly want applicants with the best scores, thus making acceptance more competitive. However, some schools have not adopted the superscore policy. 

For a list of schools and their superscore policy regarding the SAT, check out this list produced by the College Board. As for the ACT, this list is about as reliable as it gets. 

The moral of the story is to check the school(s) that are interesting to you. Find out their policy and you can adjust your test strategies as such. 

If you have any questions, contact CROSSWALK, the Monterey Peninusla's local resource for test prep, private tutoring and ACT/SAT Boot Camps.