What is the Purpose of Standardized Tests?

It’s a reasonable question. Imagine you’re a student who has a very strong GPA that has taken years of discipline and hard work, an impeccable resume of extracurricular activities that includes real leadership in significant campus organizations and a deep desire to attend a top university to pursue an education that will allow you to… Read more »

Test Geek to Locate at Epicentral in Colorado Springs

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes here at Test Geek! We have known for a while that we will be initially offering classes and private tutoring in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs. This week, however, we have also made the decision to hold office at Epicentral Coworking in Colorado Springs, CO! Our decision was honestly… Read more »

When Should a Student Take the SAT or ACT?

This is probably the single most frequently asked question in test prep!  And it certainly isn’t a dumb question, for reasons I’ll explain here. There are some very good times to take the test as well as some very bad times.  In general, the bad times fall into one of two categories: dates that don’t… Read more »

What Is an Inference?

The reading sections on both the ACT and SAT and the science section on the ACT require students to draw inferences.  In fact, inference problems often make up some of the hardest problems on the test.  We devote quite a bit of time in our curriculum book to inferences, and we do so for good… Read more »

The Socratic Method: Great Teachers Ask the Right Questions

The philosopher Socrates was quite fond of asking questions. When having a philosophical debate, he rarely responded to his opponent by asserting counter points or giving a long explanation for why his opponent’s view was incorrect. Instead, he asked questions that would eventually lead his partner to the conclusion that his or her view was… Read more »

Why High School Math Teachers Aren’t Necessarily Great SAT & ACT Tutors

Over the years, I’ve talked to countless parents who have decided to hire their student’s high school math teacher for SAT or ACT prep.  In most cases, I think that’s a mistake.  I’m going to explain why. First, let me be clear: there are some high school math teachers who really are good SAT and ACT… Read more »

Five Things Great Tutors Do

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about what makes some tutors have great student outcomes and what sorts of things serve as obstacles to that. There are probably a lot of factors that collaborate to make a great tutor, but there are five that I believe are absolutely essential: 1. Great tutors help… Read more »

A Tale of Two Students: The Not-So-Secret Recipe for Success

I once had two different students who were indeed very different.  I liked them both, and they were both friendly, interesting individuals.  However, when it came to preparing for the SAT and ACT, and schoolwork in general I later learned, their approaches were very different. I’ll call the first student Mike.  Truth be told, Mike… Read more »

What Kind of Improvement Can a Student Expect from SAT & ACT Test Prep?

This is one of the most commonly-asked questions from parents.  Rather than simply giving an “it depends” deflection, I’m actually going to try to answer the question with something informative here.  Of course, it really does depend on many factors, but my goal is to give you a broad strokes idea of the sort of… Read more »

Why Adaptive Learning Technology Can Change Education

As a person with a vested interest in a company that relies primarily on face-to-face, human-to-human teaching methods, I certainly hope robots never take over education.  However, I do hope that adaptive learning technology continues to make rapid gains in its ability to help students learn more efficiently. By “adaptive learning technology,” I simply mean… Read more »

  • What is the Purpose of Standardized Tests?

    It’s a reasonable question. Imagine you’re a student who has a very strong GPA that has taken years of discipline and hard work, an impeccable resume of extracurricular activities that includes real leadership in significant campus organizations and a deep desire to attend a top university to pursue an education that will allow you to… Read more »

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  • Test Geek to Locate at Epicentral in Colorado Springs

    There’s a lot going on behind the scenes here at Test Geek! We have known for a while that we will be initially offering classes and private tutoring in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs. This week, however, we have also made the decision to hold office at Epicentral Coworking in Colorado Springs, CO! Our decision was honestly… Read more »

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    Posted on May 21, 2016 by
  • When Should a Student Take the SAT or ACT?

    This is probably the single most frequently asked question in test prep!  And it certainly isn’t a dumb question, for reasons I’ll explain here. There are some very good times to take the test as well as some very bad times.  In general, the bad times fall into one of two categories: dates that don’t… Read more »

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    Posted on May 15, 2016 by
  • What Is an Inference?

    The reading sections on both the ACT and SAT and the science section on the ACT require students to draw inferences.  In fact, inference problems often make up some of the hardest problems on the test.  We devote quite a bit of time in our curriculum book to inferences, and we do so for good… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on May 10, 2016 by
  • The Socratic Method: Great Teachers Ask the Right Questions

    The philosopher Socrates was quite fond of asking questions. When having a philosophical debate, he rarely responded to his opponent by asserting counter points or giving a long explanation for why his opponent’s view was incorrect. Instead, he asked questions that would eventually lead his partner to the conclusion that his or her view was… Read more »

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    Posted on May 7, 2016 by
  • Why High School Math Teachers Aren’t Necessarily Great SAT & ACT Tutors

    Over the years, I’ve talked to countless parents who have decided to hire their student’s high school math teacher for SAT or ACT prep.  In most cases, I think that’s a mistake.  I’m going to explain why. First, let me be clear: there are some high school math teachers who really are good SAT and ACT… Read more »

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    Posted on May 3, 2016 by
  • Five Things Great Tutors Do

    Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about what makes some tutors have great student outcomes and what sorts of things serve as obstacles to that. There are probably a lot of factors that collaborate to make a great tutor, but there are five that I believe are absolutely essential: 1. Great tutors help… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on April 30, 2016 by
  • A Tale of Two Students: The Not-So-Secret Recipe for Success

    I once had two different students who were indeed very different.  I liked them both, and they were both friendly, interesting individuals.  However, when it came to preparing for the SAT and ACT, and schoolwork in general I later learned, their approaches were very different. I’ll call the first student Mike.  Truth be told, Mike… Read more »

    Read More
    Posted on April 26, 2016 by
  • What Kind of Improvement Can a Student Expect from SAT & ACT Test Prep?

    This is one of the most commonly-asked questions from parents.  Rather than simply giving an “it depends” deflection, I’m actually going to try to answer the question with something informative here.  Of course, it really does depend on many factors, but my goal is to give you a broad strokes idea of the sort of… Read more »

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    Posted on April 23, 2016 by