In awareness of many, efficacy and efficiency are the two top killers to one’s test taking as well as test prep. Efficacy stresses on the students’ capacity of knowing effective solutions to the test question. When presented with a quadratic function, students should know that it can solved by calling the quadratic formulas. Efficiency, on the other hand, requires the students to work on the solutions as quickly as they can, often within 1’25” for typical math problem. When complicated process is involved, the time limit is definitely not your odd. These killers are not selective in math. They are even more formidable in the reading section for which no standard solutions like quadratic formulas for math are even available. For this reason, the best way of test prep have been practice as much sample questions and mock tests as possible. It was reported that 50 hours of practice is required for growing the score from 650 to 700.
However, this situation can be stopped. Students do not have to go through lengthy practice to grow their standard test scores if they know mind2learn unified models. These models are created to unify the solution models for most if not all types of test questions, thus simplify the test taking strategy. The models include a Critical Reading Model (CRM) for all reading and an Experiment Math Model (EMM) for almost all math. Employing these models, students are simply led through 10 reading passages and 80 math questions for practice before mastering the tests. The sample reading are carefully choose from a wide range of sources covering all major genres of topics popular in the tests. The math problems are also choose from the most popular math prep sources with each marked the highest difficulty level.
One good question you must still have here. How can it be that just one simple model solves all major problems in these hard tests? It is because the test are not hard at all. It is because the way that students have been taught in preparing for them makes them so hard. When you learn that the traditional way of teaching and learning consistently shoot for an average SAT score no better than 550, your conclusion can be that such a way is neither effective nor efficient. Teaching is generally a deductive process, whereas learning may or may not. In fact the most effective way to learn is an inductive one. When you see a common link among all learnt instances, your learning is elevated.
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The question has been asked by every students and parents in the beginning of their game plans. It has been always asked prior to the 2016 SAT reform. And it is being asked even more furiously since 2016. The question is which test, SAT or ACT, should be taken.
The answer you receive is pretty much the same from all of the test consultants. They tell you: it depends. SAT allows more time per question in exchange for asking you harder and deeper thinking questions. ACT seems easier but you are required to give systematically better first shots at the questions. It is a crime of such an answer, regardless whether it be paid or not. The statement is true, but answers no question. You are not asking to compare or contrast the two popular tests. You only want to know which one.
Here is my single crystal clear answer. If you understand and take it to your action, you will benefit. My answer is, to take both — SAT first, then ACT. SAT is harder than ACT in terms how the questions are made. Should only ACT be yours, you’d better prepare for SAT because the above reason. It will be always beneficiary to use SAT materials in preparing ACT. Well, you prepared for SAT, why shouldn’t you take it? Prepare for SAT first, take it; then take a short gap, say a month, to allow you adjust for ACT. Thus, you bring the best of yourself in front of the tests. Since 1990s, taking a harder prep for the easier test is always my advice. And many who took mine, benefited.
SAT prep process is your next strategic decision. You have to know that the average score boost out of America’s most popular SAT programs is about 20-50 points optimistically. That translates to merely an addition of 2-5 questions to the correct answer list in your final report, or 1-3% of the entire test. How can 30-50 hours of $3000+ prep work only help in such tiny fraction of test? Inefficiency is all their problem. They help you to re-learn or re-study on the math and reading and grammar facts that you have been taught for years. Can Geometry be re-learnt in a few hours when you didn’t learn as much as you should in a whole school year of that course? You have to ask. The facts that you have not learnt tend to be the harder parts of the course that reasonably need more work time of you. How can you overcome that shortage of knowledge within a limited time, often in a couple months?
Mind2learn has the answer. Our unified models can help you score your additional 100 points in ten hours of reading practice, and five hours of math work. These models are called unified models because they can be tuned to most situations in their respective subjects. Instead of having you learn the quadratic operations, data measures, complex formulas, and similarity and congruence, we teach you one model for all the math. Similar model for reading. You practice simple rules in tuning such models and you are done within a short time. We believe, no one should put more than 20 hours of quality work in order to strike 700+ in SAT or 32+ in ACT.
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Prepare SAT, take it; Adjust for ACT in a month then take it. To best prepare yourself for SAT and ACT, take advantage of mind2learn’s unified models.
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