New SAT Boot Camp announced for March 7 in Olympia

Register Now for SAT Boot Camp

Registration is now open for my next SAT Boot Camp, taking place Saturday, March 7th to provide last-minute prep for the March 14th SAT test.

We’ll be meeting in downtown Olympia from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on the 2nd.

The two-hour class is a quick but comprehensive overview of the tips and strategies I cover in my test prep class, as well as an opportunity to do some last minute Q&A and talk about ways to overcome test taking anxiety.

It’s a great review/refresher for past test prep students as well as an affordable opportunity for new students to come and get some takeaways before taking the big test.

The class is capped at 25 students, so early RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here to download the registration form.

Some good news from the ACT test

There are some exciting and innovative changes coming to the ACT! Beginning in September of 2020, students will have many more test friendly options to taking this popular alternative to the SAT.

  • The Superscore – This long overdue option is perhaps the most exciting. Starting in September, the ACT will now provide the option of reporting a “superscore” of all 4 test sections taken over multiple tests. (Superscoring is the process of averaging your four best individual subject scores from all ACT test attempts to find your highest score.) Once a student takes the full ACT once, they can ask to have any future scores reported as superscores.
  • Single section retakes – A related common-sense innovation is that the ACT will allow for single section retakes. Got a great score in reading but want to improve your score in science or math? You won’t have to retake the whole test anymore, putting your earlier high score in the other sections at risk. This will not only allow specific focus to be put on the areas where improvement is most needed, but practically it will save students (and parents!) time and money.
  • Digital testing – How would you like to get your test scores in two days versus the agonizing weeks it takes under the current system? Starting in September, there will be an online testing option in addition to the old paper test, allowing students who are more comfortable testing in a computer environment that option. And did I mention scores (on multiple choice sections) in two days?

All in all, the ACT is making dramatic steps toward better serving its students. It is making testing and retesting easier, allowing students to receive their scores more quickly and submit those scores at a lower cost. ACT is leading the way toward a better testing experience – hats off!

A marathon, not a sprint: smart SAT/ACT planning

The SAT and ACT preparation process in some ways is like training to run a marathon. You have to put in the time to study, train, and plan for the long haul! To get your best score – just like a runner preparing for their best time – you also need to be strategic about when is the best time to sit for the tests.

It’s always a good idea to begin the prep process early, and to decide on a specific test date, you need to factor in circumstances like personal schedule, speciifc college’s admissions deadlines, and the classes you’re currently taking. These variables make a big difference in when it’s best for you to take the SAT or ACT.

In general, it’s better to begin SAT or ACT prep as early as you can junior year to give yourself as many shots as you can at getting for goal score. The average number of times students now take the SAT or ACT is 3-4 times.

Key things to consider:

  • Don’t wait until spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year to begin testing! It quickly becomes a stressful endeavor if you only have one or two shots at the test, but want to have the opportunity to improve an initial score. The old-school advice of waiting until spring of the junior year to start thinking about these things no longer fits with the early admissions deadlines students now face.
  • If you play a sport or are involved in a time consuming activity – don’t test around the peak time of that sport or activity. If you play football, the fall tests will be grueling. If you are a ballerina – testing during the Nutcracker season could be exhausting!

Students who plan to take the SAT or ACT during busy times like these get very stressed, don’t have enough time to prep, and unfortunately can end up with lower-than hoped for scores on test day. 

Choose a test date before or after periods of busy school or extracurricular activities so you have more flexibility in your schedule to prep with less stress and anxiety. Ultimately, this will make a big difference in your approach that should show in your scores.

For planning purposes, here are links to the upcoming SAT and ACT testing dates:

SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

Registration now open for Fall SAT Boot Camp!

Registration is now open for my September SAT Boot Camp, taking place Saturday, September 28th to provide last-minute prep for the October 5th SAT test.

The Boot Camp takes place in downtown Olympia from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

This two-hour class is a quick but comprehensive overview of the tips and strategies I cover more fully in my SAT prep class, as well as an opportunity to do some last minute Q&A and talk about ways to overcome test taking anxiety.

It’s a great review/refresher for past test prep students as well as an affordable opportunity for new students to come and get some takeaways before heading into the big test the following Saturday.

The class is capped at 25 students, so early RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here to download the registration form and return back to me by e-mail, or call/text to save a spot and bring the form with you to the Boot Camp. 

Register now for March SAT Boot Camp

Registration is now open for my next SAT Boot Camp, taking place Saturday, March 2nd to provide last-minute prep for the March 9th SAT test.

We’ll be meeting in downtown Olympia from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on the 2nd.

The two-hour class is a quick but comprehensive overview of the tips and strategies I cover in my test prep class, as well as an opportunity to do some last minute Q&A and talk about ways to overcome test taking anxiety.

It’s a great review/refresher for past test prep students as well as an affordable opportunity for new students to come and get some takeaways before taking the big test.

The class is capped at 25 students, so early RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here to download the registration form.

New Boot Camp announced for Nov. 3rd SAT

Registration is now open for the next SAT Boot Camp, taking place Saturday, October 27th in the run-up to the November 3rd SAT sitting.

We’ll be meeting in downtown Olympia from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on the 27th.

The two-hour class is a quick but comprehensive overview of the tips and strategies I cover in my test prep class, as well as an opportunity to do some last minute Q&A and talk about ways to overcome test taking anxiety.

It’s a great review/refresher for past test prep students as well as an affordable opportunity for new students to come and get some takeaways before taking the big test.

The class is capped at 25 students, so early RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here for the registration form.

Registration now open for September SAT Boot Camp

Registration is now open for this fall’s SAT Boot Camp, taking place the Saturday before the big October setting of the SAT.

We’ll be meeting in downtown Olympia from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, September 29th.

The two-hour class is a quick but comprehensive overview of the tips and strategies I cover in my test prep classes, as well as an opportunity to do some last minute Q&A and talk about ways to overcome test taking anxiety.

It’s a great review/refresher for past test prep students as well as an affordable opportunity for new students to come and get some takeaways before taking the big test.

The class is capped at 25 students, so early RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here for the registration form.

Top five 2018 timelines for rising seniors

The most frequently asked question I get right now in my college admissions work is from parents of high school juniors who are starting to wonder:

What college-related dates do we need to keep in mind?

Here are my top five:

  1. Right now (early April). Sign up for the SAT or ACT right now if it hasn’t been taken or attempting a higher score is desired.  Juniors have May, June, and August to take the SAT (and, in theory, October if necessary). The deadline for registering for the May SAT is April 6th and May 9th for the June ACT.  For the June SAT, the deadline is May 3rd. There is still time to sign up for a prep course for either May or June.
  2. July 1. Incoming seniors should start right now drafting the personal statement and essays that accompany the college applications. The 2019 essay prompts will generally be released by this point, so students can check the admissions website of the colleges they intend to apply to in order to see school-specific essay prompts. The reason to start essays this early is to both get them out of the way before the school year starts as well as to provide plenty of time for editing these very important components of the application.
  3. October 1. The 2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now be available online, and should be completed. This is the main financial aid form, and colleges generally will not award any kind of aid without it. Most colleges award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis, so having this form on file early is important.
  4. October 15 / November 15. These are the standard deadlines for many colleges’ early action/decision application, for those students who know ahead of time where they want to apply and hopefully attend. Some schools use October 15, and some schools use November 15. These deadlines sneak up quickly after the senior year starts, so it’s best to have as much application work done as early as possible. Incidentally, November 15 is the deadline for applying to the University of Washington, even though students don’t hear back until March.
  5. December 31. The regular admissions deadline for most schools is January 1. It’s a good idea to have the completed application for a January 1 school complete at least one full day before — or, ideally, well before — the first in case there are any issues with uploading or transmitting the application.

Of course, all of these application deadlines are dependent on the individual school, so students will want to check each school’s dates carefully and be aware of any looming deadlines.

What can be done to make all of this less stressful? An early start and plenty of time. I also work with students to prepare and update their master list to manage and track all of their college application deadlines.

March SAT boot camp announced

The next sitting of the SAT is coming on March 10th, 2018. Whether you’ve been prepping with me these last several weeks, or on your own, or with another service, I’m offering a two hour boot camp March 3rd from 10 to Noon in downtown Olympia to tie it all together.

The boot camp series covers a comprehensive overview of each section of the SAT, along with tips and tactics to reduce anxiety leading into the morning. I’ll also go over your one-week-left study plan to help you maximize your score.

Space is limited to the first 20 students. The cost of the boot camp is $40.

E-mail me to save a spot.