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“Exercise in repeatedly recalling a thing strengthens the memory.”   Do you despise testing? Perhaps you’d feel more open to the tremendous value of testing if you knew that one of humanity’s great philosophers and scientists fully endorsed the practice. Aristole saw the connection between repeatedly recalling a thing (testing) and remembering a thing (learning). The testing effect, as it is called, powers academic performance in a way that mere reading never can. All those students who adopt reading and rereading texts as their primary study strategy miss out on the educational impact of active recall of targeted information. Psychologists Henry L. Roediger III and Jeffrey D. Karpicke contributed much to our understanding of the testing effect in their review of a century of research into learning. They also conducted their own insightful research into the subject. Considering that the title of their findings was Test-Enhanced Learning: Taking Memory Tests…

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Has 2020 just been a bad dream, or did big chunks of society really shut down in the face of a global pandemic. We hope everyone reading this article persevered through this trying year with all the grace, grit, and gratitude required during a time of shared suffering. And while 2020 introduced new concepts like cancelled tests or a full month of SATs and ACTs, we’re hoping to get back to testing business as usual in 2021. Will you be test ready? Even though we haven’t administered in-person practice tests since March, plenty of students took advantage of our Fall 2020 online proctored testing opportunities. Chariot Learning proctored full-length proctored practice tests over Zoom just about every single week. How busy were we from September to December? We proctored 17 different practice SATs, PSATs, and ACTs, all online. Kudos to our school, library, and professional partners for promoting these tests…

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This time of year finds us answering a lot of questions about the PSAT, from parents eager to arrange prep to others wondering if their teens should take the the October test at all. And, really, the question deserves consideration. Just about every high school has its juniors, and sometimes even sophomores, sit for the PSAT. Schools have good reason to administer these tests, thanks to the wealth of score data the College Board sends back. But is the test worth any single student’s time? Why take the PSAT? The College Board describes many benefits to taking the PSAT, but only a couple of them seem persuasive. Consider each one: Discover Your AP® Potential BAD IDEA, at least if you are already a junior. By that time, qualified students with access are already enrolled in several AP classes. 10th graders who haven’t already tried AP European or World History might…

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Everybody knows that practice makes perfect, or rather that perfect practice makes perfect. Once you have adopted the four essential elements of deliberate practice, you have taken your first steps towards the wildest levels of success you can imagine… as long as you practice. If you are a striver, then, the question you’ll always be grappling with is this: “Should you be practicing now?” Thankfully, Bruce Lee has all the answers…     Shouldn’t you be practicing now?

Welcome to craziest spring in recent history! With schools shut down from coast to coast, the normal rhythms of the academic year have been completely disrupted. Students have already lost the April ACT, May SAT, and most of the fun of Spring Break, but let’s not give up yet. Until we hear otherwise, the smart play is to spend the next several months on becoming as prepared as possible for amazing scores on the June SAT and ACT exams. Will you be test ready? Concerned that you won’t be able to take proctored practice tests while schools, libraries, and learning centers are closed? We’ve got you covered with free online proctored practice SATs and ACTs every Saturday through the end of May. Check our calendar for details! Local students certainly made the most of Winter 2020 testing opportunities. Chariot Learning proctored full-length proctored practice tests across greater Rochester just about…

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Welcome to 2020! Believe it or not, some schools haven’t even reached the halfway point of the academic year. You may be dealing with midterms soon, but don’t forget that state tests, APS, and even Finals will be here in the blink of an eye. Make the most of the winter months by prepping for the next round of SAT and ACT exams. Will you be test ready? Local students certainly made the most of Fall 2019 testing opportunities. Chariot Learning proctored full-length proctored practice tests across greater Rochester just about every single week. How busy were we from September to December? We proctored 23 different practice SATs, PSATs, and ACTs at 9 different locations. Kudos to our school, library, and professional partners in Brighton, Fairport, Gates, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, and Webster for making these tests available to so many teens! How many students came to these tests? Would you…

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