A student is trying to grasp a laptop computer filled with SAT Prep info that's just out of reach.

The External Hard Drive

How do you avoid stumbling into the hand-holding External Hard Drive? These starter questions provide some guidance: How do you help students retain concepts so that they don’t forget them on test day? How do you approach problem-solving strategies? Can you describe the difference between the first and last session before an ACT or SAT? How about preparations for a …

A Parrot reads from an "E-Z ACT" prep book to an increasingly annoyed student.

The Parrot

How do you avoid the read-aloud-pro Parrot? Here are some questions for finding the plumage of The Parrot: What books or study materials do you use? Did you work for [Company X] if you’re using [Company X’s] materials? Why did you choose these particular study guides or practice materials? Will my student be using any official practice tests? Few tutors …

Twitter for Test Prep

Much to your likely surprise, this isn’t a “here are the top 50 education leaders to follow” post. Neither will I be recommending the top 25 SAT and ACT prep accounts to follow on Twitter. Nor will I be sending you to the best 100 websites for ACT and SAT test prep. So what on earth is this post about? …

Sherlock Holmes is Not the Answer

Want higher test scores? Don’t think like Sherlock Holmes. Now this might seem counterintuitive to you. Isn’t Sherlock Holmes the greatest reasoner ever? Wouldn’t his method of logical inferences be completely baller on a standardized test? To those questions, the answer is yes. But incredible reasoning skills aren’t the only necessities for performing well on a standardized test. Fortunately for …