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We offer:  SAT, GRE, SHSAT, ISEE/SSAT, ELA, Regents, TASC, LOTE test prep tutoring services. Scroll down below for more info about these exams.

 

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What to do before exams? Good Study Habits

 

Keep up with your work.

 

If you attend class regularly, continue with readings, and take notes conscientiously, studying is often a comparatively pain-free process. Make sure to expand and review upon class notes regularly throughout the semester. You should consider making a glossary or collection of note cards for vocabulary review in each class. Many students find that preparing for a private class for 60-90 minutes per day, five or six days per week, will leave them well-prepared at exam time. To assist students with the organization at finals time, we have compiled a couple of time management tools that are included with this page.

 

 

Don’t cram at the last second.

 

Building off our previous entry, try studying for 60-90 minutes per day for every week leading up to an exam. All-nighters simply don’t work for most people, and students experience declining returns on their efforts when they attempt to study for four and five hours straight.

More things to Do Before Exam

Complete a mock test

 

So many social science, natural science, and foreign language textbooks contain hundreds of questions at the end of chapters that never get answered. You should set aside an hour, and try to answer these questions on a paper without using your notes? If you can complete a mock test 3-5 days before an exam, you’ll then know where to focus your studying. You may also combat pre-test jitters by demonstrating to yourself what you recognize. Try answering a few of potential essay questions on a timed, mystery basis and see how you are doing. Other simple tips in conducting a mock test are to ask a friend or classmate or your parents to offer you an oral quiz supported concepts within the textbook or in either of your notes.

 

 

Do not multitask while studying.

 

Set aside time to review beforehand then follow through. For most people, meaning leaving your dormitory and turning off visual/auditory distractions, including iPods, Facebook, and music with lyrics. If you’ve got outstanding questions, go see your professor or tutor a minimum of three days before the exam. If you’ve given yourself a mock test beforehand, you’ll be ready to attend office hours with an agenda.

 

Think about what written questions could be on the exam; Outline each potential essay as a sort of pretesting and practice.

 

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Find a gaggle of dedicated students with whom to review.

 

A group study session is a perfect time to review and compare notes, ask one another questions, explain ideas to at least one another, discuss the upcoming exam and difficult concepts, and, when appropriate, delegate study tasks. Do set an agenda and a selected time-frame for your group study session, in order that your work together doesn’t veer off-topic.

 

 

 

Keep your ears open in class.

 

Your teacher or your professor will sometimes come right out and tell you about the exam or help you plan your studying strategies. You need to be in school a day to receive such help. Use review sheets thoroughly.

 

Review your class notes every day. You can add hints, keywords, summaries, idea maps, graphs, charts, discussion points, and questions where applicable. Take the time to arrange lecture notes after class, adding key examples from labs and course readings.

TYPES OF EXAMS

 

 

SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. 

 

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants

 

 

GRE

The Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, is an important step in the graduate school or business school application process. The GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

 

The GRE exam measures your command of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis as well as college-level vocabulary. More importantly, it measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material, think critically, and solve problems.

 

 

SHSAT

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is the only criterion for admissions to 8 of the 9 New York City Specialized High Schools. The only exception is the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which requires an audition or portfolio for admission.

 

The SHSAT is administered by the New York City Department of Education and is only available to New York City residents in the 8th grade. 9th grade students may also choose to take the 9th grade version of the SHSAT for a very limited number of seats that may become available at the Specialized High Schools.

 

 

ISEE/SSAT

The Secondary School Aptitude Test (SSAT) and the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) are the two admissions tests used to determine placement into independent and private junior highs and high schools.

 

 

ELA

The ELA test is an untimed test that contains several different kinds of questions. Students answer multiple-choice questions based on short passages they read, and write responses to open-ended questions based on stories, articles, or poems they listen to or read.

 

 

New York State Regents

Regents exams measure student achievement in high school-level courses. In order to graduate from high school in New York State, students must pass five Regents exams in the following subject areas: English Language Arts, a math, a science, social studies/history, and any additional Regents exam or another option approved by the State

 

 

TASC

TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment. It assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The TASC Test measures examinees’ levels of achievement relative to those of graduating high school seniors, as outlined by the College and Career Readiness standards.

 

 

LOTE

The LOTE Comprehensive exam assesses students’ proficiency at Checkpoint B of the NY State Education Department’s learning standards for Languages Other Than English

 

On the LOTE Comprehensive exam, students are required to:

  • Have conversations in the language being tested
  • Listen to the test administrator speak in the language being tested and answer multiple-choice questions
  • Read a text in the language being tested (for example, a menu or poem) and answer multiple-choice questions
  • Write two essays in the language being tested.

 

 

MORE THINGS ABOUT PREPARING FOR EXAMS

 

Take notes on the course readings.

 

You should also review these notes on a daily basis. Again, create visual enhancements when possible (e.g., compare/contrast charts, timelines, etc.). Use both your course notebook and therefore the text’s margins to record valuable information. Please see our entries on reading for further information on this topic.

 

 

Make sure to get plenty of sleep.

 

Sleeping hours are often the time once we completely synthesize information, especially topics we’ve covered during a few hours before bedtime. You want to be as fresh as possible and ready to fully engage your memory once you take the exam. Also, don’t stop exercising or taking time for yourself, even at the final exam time.

 

 

Find ways to apply materials from class.

Think about how exams subject and topics are related to your personal interests, societal problems, and controversies, issues raised in other classes, or different experiences in your life.

 

 

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