FAQ

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What if I am unsure about my testing plan?

The SAT has eliminated the essay component of the test, and will launch a computer-adaptive (CAT) version for international students in spring 2023 and for US students in spring 2024. This adaptive test will be much shorter—2 hours instead of 3—and eliminate non-calculator math questions. Until spring 2024, the SAT will still be a 3-hour paper-and-pencil test for all US students. The ACT offers computer-based tests (CBT) to international students, but has yet to announce (as of January 2022) when these will be widely available in the US. In addition to being shorter, computer-adaptive tests should allow greater test security and quicker score results. 

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What's new with the SAT and ACT in 2022?

Students who are preparing for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and APs should expect to complete at least 30-45 minutes of homework each night, as well as one complete self-administered practice test each week. Consistency and diligence are the keys to great results. 

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What kind of homework should I expect?
What kinds of students do you work with?
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Do I have to commit to a long-term program?

As a testing and learning expert, I work very closely with the best college and career consultants in the industry, and can provide confidential referrals.

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Do you do college admissions consulting?

No. All initial phone consultations are free, and you have no obligation to pay for anything beyond the individual appointments you arrange. There is no long-term obligation and no advance registration, and you can cancel any session with 48 hours' notice. 

I will work with you to make sure that you have the testing plan that best suits your strengths and goals and addresses your needs, including deciding between the SAT and ACT. I will also help you to manage test anxiety, arrange any necessary testing accommodations, and take charge of your testing records.

My best students are those whose grades or test scores don't yet match their ambition, and who want to build a deeper understanding of the core academic ideas and skills. I have worked with scores of valedictorians and Ivy League students as well as students with disabilities such as ADHD, executive function disorder, dyslexia, and processing deficits.