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Everybody knows that practice makes perfect, or rather that perfect practice makes perfect. Once you have adopted the four essential elements of deliberate practice, you have taken your first steps towards the wildest levels of success you can imagine… as long as you practice. If you are a striver, then, the question you’ll always be grappling with is this: “Should you be practicing now?” Thankfully, Bruce Lee has all the answers…     Shouldn’t you be practicing now?

Welcome to craziest spring in recent history! With schools shut down from coast to coast, the normal rhythms of the academic year have been completely disrupted. Students have already lost the April ACT, May SAT, and most of the fun of Spring Break, but let’s not give up yet. Until we hear otherwise, the smart play is to spend the next several months on becoming as prepared as possible for amazing scores on the June SAT and ACT exams. Will you be test ready? Concerned that you won’t be able to take proctored practice tests while schools, libraries, and learning centers are closed? We’ve got you covered with free online proctored practice SATs and ACTs every Saturday through the end of May. Check our calendar for details! Local students certainly made the most of Winter 2020 testing opportunities. Chariot Learning proctored full-length proctored practice tests across greater Rochester just about…

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Welcome to 2020! Believe it or not, some schools haven’t even reached the halfway point of the academic year. You may be dealing with midterms soon, but don’t forget that state tests, APS, and even Finals will be here in the blink of an eye. Make the most of the winter months by prepping for the next round of SAT and ACT exams. Will you be test ready? Local students certainly made the most of Fall 2019 testing opportunities. Chariot Learning proctored full-length proctored practice tests across greater Rochester just about every single week. How busy were we from September to December? We proctored 23 different practice SATs, PSATs, and ACTs at 9 different locations. Kudos to our school, library, and professional partners in Brighton, Fairport, Gates, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, and Webster for making these tests available to so many teens! How many students came to these tests? Would you…

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If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand times: if you’re not taking tests, you’re not really doing test prep. This is not to say that effective test preparation doesn’t incorporate an extensive array of educational strategies and interventions beyond testing. The best test prep programs don’t ignore individualized instruction, systematic content review, or targeted coaching and feedback; they simply make sure they leverage the power of practice testing to full effect. How exactly can a learner best leverage the full value of practice testing? Start with a perfect representation of an official test, ideally published by the actual test maker. Next, seek out an opportunity to take this test under simulated testing conditions, optimally with a trained proctor. Lastly, take the test as seriously as possible to derive maximum experiential value. Yet, even this simple recipe for success may be improved upon with a few more choice…

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Anyone who knows Chariot Learning knows that we proctor a LOT of practice exams, most of them free. Because of our community work with libraries and schools, we field a LOT of calls regarding the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and, of course, practice exams. I’ve noticed recently that some of these topics are overlapping in unexpected and unhelpful ways: ME: “Have you considered having your son take a practice SAT?” PARENT: “Yes, we registered for the PSAT.” ME: “No, I mean a practice SAT.” PARENT: “Right, the PSAT.” ME: (⊙_◎) Perhaps the point is not obvious. The PSAT clearly provides some degree of practice for the SAT. However, beyond the picayune distinction that the P in PSAT stands for Preliminary, the PSAT is not exactly a practice SAT and does not provide all the benefits a perfect practice SAT can. CONTENT Every question on the PSAT reflects the structure and content…

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The back-to-school season often feels, at least to adults, like a return to sanity. Everyone falls back into welcome routines and high schoolers aren’t sleeping their days away! But while classes may start slowly, the SAT and ACT are already upon us. Fall prep for juniors and seniors alike starts now. Will you be test ready? Summer may bring a welcome break from school, but local students certainly kept the dreaded brain drain at bay by working diligently towards the August SAT and September ACT. Chariot Learning proctored full-length proctored practice tests across greater Rochester and Syracuse just about every single week. How busy were we since school let out? We proctored 23 different practice SATs and ACTs at 9 different locations. Kudos to our school, library, and professional partners in Brighton, Fairport, Fayetteville, Gates, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, and Webster for making these tests available to so many teens! How…

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