Welcome to the Wizard’s workshop.  You’ll need to work to raise your score and I’ll be here to help.

If you want to get the most out of the class, this is where to begin.  The following information introduces you to the website and all of its resources.  Use it to develop you own game plan.

Whether you are getting ready for the SAT or ACT, I recommend you start with the corresponding Math Diagnostic.  If you are taking both tests, you can just do the ACT diagnostic since it has everything the SAT has and a little bit more to cover math topics that are found on the ACT but not the SAT.

After doing the diagnostic, you should read the Pillars of Wizdom.  They are the six major strategies that are used by every successful test taker!  They will serve to focus your preparation for either or both the tests and every one of the individual subtests and question formats.

Then you also should work through all the appropriate review materials for the SAT and/or ACT.  Each program has a complete table of contents that you can follow systematically.  Doing so will provide you with the most complete preparation program available.  Of course, you are welcome to skip around depending on the areas where you have weaknesses.

Your score improvement will be determined largely by how much you practice.  After reviewing the strategies related to a test section or question format, you need to do the Sample Questions on the website.  That is a minimum.  Then you should do the homework that is outlined for each test.  You will need to get copies of The Official SAT Study Guide and/or The Real ACT Prep Guide that contain the released tests because they contain the REAL test items that you need to practice to maximize your score.  (All other publications contain fake questions that are someone’s attempt at simulating SAT and ACT questions.  Why not use actual questions?)

If you ever have problems figuring out how to solve a math problem or can’t figure out WHY any of the answers are correct, send me an e-mail.  I’ll be happy to send you a detailed explanation.  If it still doesn’t make sense, I’ll keep sending you responses to your questions until it does make sense.

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