Friday, January 22, 2016

Dos and Don'ts 24 Hours Before Test Day

In approximately 24 hours, hundreds of students will sit down and take the SAT. With this in mind, I offer some helpful hints of what a student can DO and what a student should NOT DO in the last day leading up to the test 

Let's start with the DOs:

  • DO gets lots of rest. Solving problems on the ACT and the SAT require logical thought-processing. If you are not rested, your brain won't be able to think logically. 
  • DO review test directions. You can save a lot of time on test day if you already know the directions. Get on the test websites to see test directions and be sure you understand them. 
  • DO map out a plan to attack the test. Make sure you have a game plan for each question type. For example, on Math, be sure you use the answers to help you solve the problem. On Passage-Based Reading, attack the answer choices by connecting to evidence in the passage. Consider how the test is scored and how to manage your time to maximize your point total. 
  • DO prepare the resources you need for test day. Get your admission ticket, snack, calculator, driving directions and the other items you need for test day all ready so you can wake up on test day and arrive stress-free. 
  • DO approach the test as if it were a crossword puzzle or a riddle. If you critically think through each question and eagerly solve problems, your chances of success will improve. 
And now for the DON"Ts: 

In all, there should be little studying tonight. Get your mindset focused on solving the problems you can solve. Remind yourself that the test is just one measurement of your performance but not the only one. 

Best of luck, test takers. If you need further help for the ACT or SAT, contact CROSSWALK today. CROSSWALK is the Monterey Peninsula's resource for test prep and academic tutoring. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Test Prep and College Counseling Workshop: January 16, 3pm

Attention parents and high school students: Marisela Gomez of CollegeWise and I will be presenting a free workshop on test prep and college counseling on Saturday, January 16th at 3pm in the Teen Lounge of the Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel.

Marisela will give useful tips on how to navigate the college admission process.

I will present "8 Steps to a Better ACT and SAT Score" and review some of the key changes to the new SAT. 

This is totally free! Spread the word and come join us!

See you there.

If you have any questions about this event or test prep in general, feel free to contact CROSSWALK.

CROSSWALK is the Monterey Peninsula's local resource for academic tutoring and test prep.