Tens of thousands of students a year prep for the SAT & ACT through programs Mike Bergin created or organized. After over 20 years of intensive experience in the industry, he knows what works in test prep and what doesn’t. Mike founded Chariot Learning in 2009 to deliver on the promise of what truly transformative, individualized education can and should be.
Most people think the “P” in PSAT stands for practice when it actually denotes the test as the Preliminary SAT. The difference is semantic, but that ambiguous letter tends to distract us from the more meaningful acronym attached to this semi-optional exam: NMSQT. What does that mean and why does it matter? The full name
If you know anything about Chariot Learning, you know that we love practice tests. A quick scan of our Events Calendar reveals one common element for our many, many proctored practice SAT & ACT exams: no matter where we run these tests, they are held in the morning. But why? Because the official SAT and
The day of a big standardized exam can test the nerves of anyone, no matter how well prepared. Not only do test takers need to contend with the gauntlet of academic and strategic challenges posed by the exam itself and the test anxiety these ordeals trigger, but they may also encounter external threats to their
With very few exceptions, SAT and ACT scores only matter in the realm of college admissions. In that specific area, however, test scores can be extremely influential in terms of both admissions and scholarships. No wonder, then, that most of America’s most desired schools rank at the top in terms of SAT and ACT scores
Some days, you just don’t have it. Maybe you’re tired or unfocused or unprepared. Perhaps you forgot your admission ticket or had to deal with a poor proctor. Whatever the reason, if your test day spirals out of control and your ACT scores fall far below your potential, all is not lost. ACT test takers
As I get older, I find the temptation to talk to myself growing stronger every day. Am I just desperate for intelligent conversation? More likely, experience is revealing to me what many researchers have started to recognize: talking to yourself can be very helpful. What’s so special about sharing aloud the incessant internal dialogue that