## Calculator Clinic: Are You Ready for the SAT & ACT? (September 2020)

While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of your Texas Instruments TI-83, 84, or Nspire graphing calculator to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will explain when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also direct attendees to powerful programs that simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. This online seminar is part of our August Seminar Series. The fee is $25 for this program or $99 for as many of the month’s seminars as you like. Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the August Calculator Clinic. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar. ABOUT YOUR HOST: Kaeti Stoss combines her…

## Making the Most of Your Calculator on the SAT & ACT

While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of your graphing calculator to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will explain when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also direct attendees to powerful programs that simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. This seminar is part of our May Seminar Series. The fee is $25 for this program or $99 for as many of the May seminars as you like. Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify Making the Most of Your Calculator (5/11/20). We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar. ABOUT YOUR HOST: Kaeti Stoss combines her interest in science with her…

## Advanced Calculator Strategies for the SAT & ACT (TI-83/84)

While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of the TI-83 and TI-84 to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will show you when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also load powerful programs to simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. Our Advanced Calculator Strategies for the SAT & ACT curriculum is completely different from anything we teach in our SAT/ACT tutoring or classes, so anyone with the right calculator will benefit. This single two-hour session is just $75. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, so register quickly for your seat. Email today!

## Why SAT Math Problems are So Wordy

In a series investigating various aspects of the SAT, Reuters reported on issues related to excessively wordy math problems, specifically how time-consuming such questions were. Research suggested that traditionally low performing test takers were dramatically disadvantaged by the profusion of text-heavy word problems. The College Board ignored this research when redesigning the SAT Math section, but the president of the College Board recently admitted to this and various other errors. On the topic of SAT Math, David Coleman promised, “We are going to do everything we can to further simplify the mathematics section,” and further added, “Every extra word should go. Complex, distracting situations should go.” But does the future really hold streamlined, easily understood SAT math problems? Probably not. The way math is tested on the SAT and ACT differs dramatically from how math is traditionally tested in school. Conventional math education focuses on teaching specific topics sequentially, then…

## Calculator Failure on Test Day

Very few people enjoy a story that begins with, “Back in my day…” That said, back in my day, we were not permitted to use calculators on the SAT. Instead, we had to perform all calculations (gasp) by hand. Didn’t think this was going to be a horror story, did you? Life for test takers in the 21st century became just a bit easier when both the College Board and ACT, Inc. opened the doors to calculator use on at least some math questions. Sure, you can’t outsource figuring on the No-Calculator Math section of the SAT or the Science section of the ACT, but generally, your calculator will be there for you when you need it. Except when it is not. No discussion of test day horror stories would be complete without mentioning the myriad victims of calculator malfunction. Sometimes your device glitches, and sometimes it just dies. Either…

## Why Did the SAT Add a No-Calculator Math Section?

The College Board has raised a lot of eyebrows–and anxiety–with the SAT revisions being rolled out in March 2016. While the wisdom of most of the changes can be debated, one new policy seems almost indefensible: the new SAT will include a No-Calculator Math section. If the implications of this addition are unclear, this means that every SAT will include 20 questions (15 Multiple-Choice and 5 Student-Produced Responses) to be completed in 25 minutes entirely without the use of a calculator. Yes, the Math section will also serve up 38 math questions that permit calculator support, but teens today are used to using their calculators for EVERYTHING. With the SAT already losing ground to the other college admissions test in town, why would the College Board make a decision almost guaranteed to drive students into the proverbial arms of the ACT? According to the College Board, this change is in…