Monthly Archives: April 2015

ACT and SAT Tutoring and Test Preparation in Toronto, Canada

Over the years, I have recommended that many of my students consider applying to the University of Toronto.  After all, it is one of the most highly ranked universities worldwide, and is closer to Ohio than many schools on the East Coast of the United States.  I had the opportunity to visit the city of Toronto and its university for the first time this past week, and I was greatly impressed with everything I saw.  Toronto is a highly educated, cosmopolitan, thriving metropolis.  If you are a resident of the greater Toronto area and you are interested in having us teach a class in ACT or SAT test preparation, please email our company at and we will do our best to come to an arrangement.  If we are not able to come to Toronto in person, we can conduct online classes or tutoring via Skype.

Changes to the ACT Test Format in 2015

For anyone taking the ACT in 2015, it is important to be aware of a couple of major changes to the test format that have taken place.

1.  The ACT Reading is consistently having one “comparative” reading section, in which there are two smaller passages (Passage 1 and Passage 2) instead of one larger one.  The two passages are about a similar topic, yet have different perspectives.  Students typically have to answer 7 questions about the individual passages, and then answer 3 questions comparing the two passages.  Fortunately, the ACT has placed all the comparative questions at the end of the series of questions (e.g. questions 21-27 about the individual passages and questions 28-30 are comparative.)

The Reading passage with the comparative passages has consistently been the Humanities section.  The only publicly released example of an ACT comparative passage can be found here:

I have an example of a comparative passage in my ACT Book with Barron’s Educational Series.

2.  The ACT Science Section has had 6 passages instead of 7 passages on both the February and the April ACT in 2015.  If you would like to see a sample of what this looks like, you should order the Test Information Release for the April ACT, as there are currently no publicly available examples of this different format.   This shouldn’t affect your approach to the science too much, other than as far as pacing, you should spend about 6 minutes a passage instead of 5.

If you need help preparing for the new ACT in 2015, please contact us to set up tutoring.  You can learn more about our ACT Tutoring services here.

Columbus GRE Tutoring and Test Preparation

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering GRE tutoring to clients in the greater Columbus, Ohio area and in the greater Indianapolis, Indiana area.  Several of our newly hired tutors scored exceptionally well on the GRE, and are available to tutor students applying to graduate school.  GRE tutoring is currently offered at $80 per hour with an associate tutor.  Please fill out our registration form to get started:

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Spanish Tutoring Columbus

BWS Education is pleased to announce that we are now offering private Spanish language tutoring to our clients in Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Worthington, Bexley, Granville, and Powell.  We have recently hired some outstanding tutors, many of whom have Spanish fluency.  If you are interested in signing up in order to prepare for your Spanish final exam, your Spanish AP exam, or your Spanish language subject test, please use this form:

We look forward to working with you


New PSAT Book for Barron’s is done!

I am thrilled to report that I finished my manuscript for the new Barron’s Strategies and Practice for the New PSAT/NMSQT this past week.  This was the most challenging professional task I have ever taken on, given the very short amount of time and the minimal information available about the new PSAT.  Fortunately, I am quite pleased with the 85,000 word final product and I look forward to using it with my students this spring.

I started writing the text in February after signing my contract with Barron’s.  There was just enough information available at that time to create a body of practice and review materials.  I carefully reviewed the College Board test specifications for the new SAT and PSAT, as well as the practice questions they released.  It is fortunate that the new PSAT and SAT are more like the ACT than they were in the past, since I have great familiarity with the ACT having written the most recent Barron’s ACT Guide.

Just a few days before my April 1 deadline, the College Board finally released a full-length sample PSAT.  I had to make a few tweaks to my book materials, but all in all my original materials were very well-aligned with the practice PSAT.

The new PSAT book will feature a number of things that will make it extremely useful for students preparing for the 2015 PSAT:

–Several hundred practice questions, representing the equivalent of over 3 full-length PSAT tests.

–Comprehensive answer explanations to every question, including explanations of why incorrect answers are wrong.

–Extensive strategies and content review.

You can check out the new book here:

Please contact BWS Education for any of your tutoring needs as you prepare for the brand new 2015 PSAT and 2016 SAT.

College Ready Columbus. $100 off for BWS Clients.

I am pleased to share the following information from my colleague, Bethany Schweitzer, an independent educational consultant in the greater Columbus area.  I would highly recommend her company, College Ready, to our clients.  Here is a description of what they do and what sets them apart:

We founded College Ready, LLC 9 years ago with one simple goal in mind; to help students find their right fit college the first time.   We work with students in their Junior and Senior year of high school to facilitate finding that right fit.  Our service includes individual advising on the college application process, career assessment, an individual college planning notebook that includes recommendations of 15 to 20 universities that will be a good fit for the student, university essay and application assistance, and financial aid and scholarship assistance. 

What sets us apart?  College Ready, LLC was founded by mother/daughter team Jeanne Anderson and Bethany Schweitzer.  Jeanne was a high school counselor and has her PhD in counselor education.  Bethany worked in university admissions and has her PhD in higher education administration.  We have a unique perspective with our understanding of the college application and admission process from the high school side through the college side.  This perspective is just one of many things that make our company special. For more information, please contact us today at 740-972-0700,

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