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Tutoring for the New SAT, New PSAT, and New ACT Essay

Never have there been so many simultaneous major changes to the ACT, SAT, and PSAT.  Trying to determine a test preparation program in such an environment is extraordinarily difficult, especially when the stakes for college admissions and scholarships are so high.

Fortunately, we at BWS Education are on the cutting edge of all of these changes.  All of our tutors are well-versed in the major changes to the PSAT, SAT, and ACT that are coming this year, including the revised ACT Essay coming this September, the redesigned PSAT coming this October, and the redesigned SAT coming in March, 2016.

If you would like a tutor who will help you prepare for the test you will actually take instead of the test as it has been in the past, register for tutoring using this form:

https://bwseducationconsulting.com/docs/Onboarding.pdf

We can accommodate students from all over the world via online tutoring, and in-person clients in the greater Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana areas.  We look forward to working with you!

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 tutor@bwseducationconsulting.com 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:

http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/reading/read_05.html

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:

GRE Tutoring Registration

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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:

https://bwseducationconsulting.com/docs/Onboarding.pdf

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Barrons-Strategies-Practice-PSAT-NMSQT/dp/143800768X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1428270936&sr=8-2&keywords=barrons+psat

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

3 Things Students Can Do to Prepare for the New 2015 PSAT

What should students do to prepare for the new PSAT?

1. Read widely and deeply. Students should read texts from a variety of content areas, from world literature to natural science, to become familiar with the types of materials they will encounter. The PSAT reading will not be difficult for most students to finish, so they should focus on learning to read well rather than read quickly.

2. Learn grammar fundamentals. Many students have not had thorough training in grammar. The new PSAT will expect students to thoroughly understand proper punctuation, parallelism, subject-verb agreement, and a host of other topics. Since grammar is often not taught in depth at many schools, students may want to review independently.

3. Brush up on algebra and statistics. There is very little geometry and trigonometry on the new PSAT. If someone is trying to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship, they will want to study geometry so they can be prepared for the handful of questions that will arise. If someone has more moderate goals, they can emphasize algebraic and statistical fundamentals.

Indianapolis ACT, SAT and Academic Tutoring

BWS Education Consulting is delighted to announce our expansion to the Indianapolis, Indiana region!  We are now providing ACT, SAT, math, writing, and science tutoring to students in central Indiana.  Among the cities and suburbs we are now serving are Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville, Brownsburg, and Plainfield Indiana.  If you are interested in signing up for our tutoring services, please use this form:

Tutoring Indianapolis

We look forward to working with you!