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Nobody performs their best on a complex challenge like the SAT without practice. When you really want to excel, not just any practice will do. As legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” So make sure that every practice SAT you take is perfect by following these steps: BEFORE THE TEST 1. Find a full-length digital adaptive SAT practice test. The ones offered through the College Board Bluebook app are the best possible tests, as they best represent official test content on the official test platform. However, since College Board has only released 4 (as of January 2024) official tests, you may have to use third party tests. PRO TIP: If you plan to take many practice tests, save the Bluebook tests for practice closer to your official exam. 2. Make sure you have your fully charged approved device ready and loaded…

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We at Chariot Learning administer a lot of practice tests throughout the greater Rochester area. A LOT of tests. During our busiest weekends, we’ve run three or more at different schools, libraries, and other locations. I actually proctor many of these tests myself as a way of meeting students and observing trends. One trend that doesn’t seem to be going away is that of the “repeat offender”–the student who comes to take the same test over and over. Why would someone sit for the same exam multiple times? Usually, the reason can be traced to poor planning or failure to recognize that we administer the same SAT or ACT at every location. But some students commit to grinding out a better score, no matter how inefficient their efforts may be. This leads to a mindset that suggests taking the same test over and over is better than not testing at…

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[While this post was extremely valuable in its time, this guidance was specifically for the version of the SAT administered from 2015-2023. For the guide to taking a great practice digital SAT, please visit this post.] When it comes to earning your best possible SAT score, nothing can replace the benefits of full-length, proctored practice testing. Make every test count no matter where you are with the Chariot Learning SAT AutoProctor! How do you use the SAT AutoProctor? Easy! Just assemble everything you need for a high-quality proctored practice test in Standard Time, ideally on an open morning in your schedule, and start the SAT AutoProctor video. I’ll walk you through every step of the testing process from beginning to break to end in 3 hours, 30 minutes. What else do you need to do to make this testing experience complete? 1. Use an official released exam from the Official…

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In the march to your best possible ACT score, nothing can replace the benefits of full-length, proctored practice testing. Considering how busy everyone is these days, getting a group of test takers into the same room for practice has become tougher every year. But you can still enjoy almost all of the benefits of proctored practice testing right from the comfort of your own home with the Chariot Learning ACT AutoProctor! How do you use the ACT AutoProctor? Easy! Just assemble everything you need for a high-quality proctored practice test in Standard Time, ideally on an open morning in your schedule, and start the ACT AutoProctor video. I’ll walk you through every step of the testing process from beginning to break to end in 3 hours, 16 minutes. What else do you need to do to make this testing experience complete? 1. Use a printed official-released ACT. 2. Prepare your…

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At Chariot Learning, we have all kinds of effective ways to help students earn impressive test scores while learning critical academic and executive skills. With summer coming, you’re probably looking for help with testing as well as the larger higher education admissions process. Following are some of the essential resources we recommend for our prep students and all test takers, but feel free to contact us if you don’t see what you are looking for: GETTING STARTED Whether you are working with Chariot Learning or not, you’ll be able to better understand any and every aspect of test prep and admissions with these trusted sources: Chariot Learning Frequently Asked Questions Tests and the Rest college admissions podcast College Road parent newsletter Upstate College Conversations Facebook group Chariot Learning Motivational Instagram COLLEGE ADMISSIONS AND TESTING FOR THE HS CLASSES OF 2022 AND 2023 Understand the current admissions landscape better with this…

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We’ve all heard the expression, “Practice makes perfect.” In fact, most of us are guilty of repeating that old bromide, typically to encourage some extremely imperfect activity. Nonetheless, this hoary oyster holds within a pearl of pure truth. Neuroscience tells us that practice makes perfect because of myelination. Our incredible brains never stop changing, which can be a bad thing depending on how we invest or squander our time. As they say, you are what you do, thanks to myelination. Everything we think, say, or do involves the firing of long chains of neurons in our brains. Myelin is an insulating tissue that forms a layer or sheath around the axon of a neuron. Apparently, myelin develops along neural pathways that fire over and over, and its function is to increase the speed of neural impulses along these pathways. In essence, the more we perform a certain task, the faster…

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