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Critics of standardized tests often paint those assessments as aloof from everyday exercises of knowledge and learning, conveniently ignoring the primacy of reading and written communication in most activities. That’s right: tests like the SAT and ACT evaluate the kind of reading and writing skills that matter in school, work, and life. Math, however, seems to be more of a disconnect; how often do you need trigonometry or geometric theorems in your non-scientific day-to-day? However, tests like the SAT and ACT do assess math skills and knowledge that matter beyond high school, from broad conceptual quantitative literacy to creative problem solving. One more oft-overlooked skill that carries into real life is modeling, the application of math skills to answer questions about real world situations. What are some common examples of modelling? How much does a shirt with a retail price of $40 cost during a 30%-off sale? How long will…

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Your graphing calculators are powerful tools, but do you know how to use them effectively on the SAT and the ACT? This summer, I participated in a teacher training with Texas Instruments on the use of the TI-Nspire on the ACT. Most of my fellow participants were classroom teachers. Many of these teachers said that they personally do not teach their students the full use of their calculators, because the teachers want their students to master the math on their own. While this reasoning is understandable for classroom teachers, it can harm their students on the tests. Students need to know the most effective ways of using their calculator to get their best scores on the SAT Calculator Math and ACT Math sections. You can use these skills on the TI-Nspire to maximize your time. Something as simple as getting an answer in the right form for the test can…

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The ACT and SAT math sections may test the same fundamental concepts and problem solving skills, but the two tests diverge in important ways–especially for those seeking the highest scores. Find out the special content areas only tested on the SAT along with essential strategic and time management insights for maximum success on test day!   This two-hour online Master Class is ideal for any student seeking a high percentile Math score on the SAT who has already begun the process of preparing for the exam.   Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the Advanced SAT Math Master Class. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar.   ABOUT YOUR HOST: After 20 years as one of New Jersey’s most successful and popular tutors and a 33-year career as an executive with the Port Authority of New York and…

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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…

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The SAT & ACT test tons of math terms, concepts, and formulas learned over the full span of a K-12 education. Flashcards represent one of the best ways to organize and memorize such a diverse body of knowledge, and the process of physically making these flashcards is an irreplaceable step in the learning and encoding process. Join us for a lightning round of math flashcard production. Index cards are not included, so make sure you have a stack ready along with your favorite writing implements!   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 August SAT & ACT Math Flashcards. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar.   ABOUT…

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While the ACT and SAT math sections predominantly test the same concepts and problem solving skills, the two tests diverge in important ways–especially for those seeking the highest scores. Find out the special content areas only tested on the ACT along with essential strategic and time management insights for maximum success on test day!   This two-hour Master Class is ideal for any student seeking a high percentile Math score on the ACT who has already begun the process of preparing for the exam.   Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the Advanced ACT Math Master Class. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar.   ABOUT YOUR HOST: After 20 years as one of New Jersey’s most successful and popular tutors and a 33-year career as an executive with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,…

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