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Practice, practice, practice. The key to higher test scores!

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September 07, 20222 min read

Practice, practice, practice. The key to higher test scores!

As I sit here working on a book to help as many people as possible “conquer” the ACT (whatever that means to each student!), I am thinking about how come some students improve so much while some students have a difficult time increasing by one point.

There are so many factors that go into doing well on the test: content knowledge, timing, test anxiety, and the list can go on and on.  But the one factor that seems to be the biggest indicator of an increased score is PRACTICE!


I did well on the ACT when I was in high school, but I definitely didn’t score a perfect.  I can now score a 35 or 36 EVERY time I take the test all because I know what to expect on the test.  I know the test inside and out.  I know which problems I will see on every test.  I know which problems are only on every couple of tests.  I have all of this knowledge because I take SO many practice tests!


There are several tests that you can buy (https://www.amazon.com/Official-ACT-Prep-Guide-2016/dp/1119225418), and there are many tests that are free (https://my2tor.com/project/resources-tools/), but it only makes sense that the more tests that you take, the easier they will get!

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a standardized test is “a test (as of intelligence, achievement, or personality) whose reliability has been established by obtaining an average score of a significantly large number of individuals for use as a standard of comparison.”  What this means is that the ACT has to be able to compare what someone gets on a test in December 2016 to a test that is given in June 2017 and to a test that is given in September 2017.

Practice does help, but if you don’t take the time to reflect on the questions you are getting wrong, why you are getting them wrong, and how you can get to the correct answer, you are not going to see your score going up.  With all the practice, you need to learn what you are doing wrong!  If you go through the incorrect answers and learn why your answers are wrong, you will have discovered the key to increasing your score!

So, what it boils down to is exactly what I said at the beginning of this post.  
Practice, Practice, Practice!

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TINA WILES

ACT/SAT SLAYER

I haven’t always been on a mission to help students SLAY the ACT and SAT. Before this, I was an Industrial Engineer turned high school math teacher, and it took a lot of inspiration & a truck-load of guts to get to where I am today.

I have worked with thousands of students over the past 14 years- of ALL ability levels.

It’s my passion and blessing to help students increase their confidence, get that goal score, and know that they have what it takes to ace the test.


I get it! As a mom of 4 sons, I truly understand that each child is different, and I work with each student to meet them where they're at and to support them to get to the next level!

Laura Dabezic

READING AND WRITING TUTOR

I have taught high school English for twenty-seven years, and I have a BA in English, an MA in reading, and an MA in Educational Technology.

I have been named Most Influential Educator seventeen times!

I teach freshmen English and AP English Language and Composition at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL.


In addition, I have taught ACT/SAT prep for 15 years and have attended several ACT/SAT workshops.

With over 15 years in the test prep industry

and working with students of all ability levels,

we have discovered the strategies, content, and mindset

needed to increase test scores as fast as possible.

What We Do Here.

01.

PRIVATE TUTORING

Private tutoring is the ultimate level of customization. Everything we work on is geared to meet your child at their current level, fill in any gaps or misunderstandings, and bring them to the next level.

02.

SMALL GROUP TUTORING

Small group tutoring is more cost-effective than private tutoring, and VERY OFTEN we get students who see similar increases in their test scores!

03.

ON-LINE CLASSES

A great option for self-starters needing some direction

OR

can also be used in conjunction with other prep!

What We Do Here.

01.

PRIVATE TUTORING

Private tutoring is the ultimate level of customization. Everything we work on is geared to meet your child at their current level, fill in any gaps or misunderstandings, and bring them to the next level.

02.

SMALL GROUP TUTORING

Small group tutoring is more cost-effective than private tutoring, and VERY OFTEN we get students who see similar increases in their test scores!

03.

ON-LINE CLASSES

A great option for self-starters needing some direction

OR

can also be used in conjunction with other prep!

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