Tag Archives: practice tests

Over years as an entrepreneur, author, and publisher of (now-defunct) SUCCESS magazine, Darren Hardy has relentlessly studied and dissected the habits of the most accomplished people on the planet. He can attest that the secret to success isn’t much of a secret at all: practice. However, the kind of practice that drives stratospheric levels of accomplishment and excellence is extremely specific. Deliberate practice requires tremendous commitment and structure over time. But no other path takes you to even the chance of doing your very best when it matters. How do you know if you are practicing properly? Hardy described four essential steps to attacking deliberate practice: You must be motivated to attend to the task and exert effort to improve your performance. The design of the task should take into account your pre-existing knowledge so that the task can be correctly understood after a brief period of instruction. You should…

Read more

Like it or not, summer vacation is over. With the beginning of the academic year comes a new cycle of standardized college entrance exams, starting with the ACT on September 12. Most high school juniors and seniors may feel woefully unprepared for these high stakes tests, but we know a whole lot of students who spent this summer getting test ready. Anyone who lives in Rochester should know by now that Chariot Learning runs full-length proctored practice tests across Monroe County and beyond just about every single week. How busy were we this summer? We proctored 24 different practice tests, including SATs, ACTs, and even a PSAT, at 8 different locations. Kudos to our partners at the Pittsford Community Library, Brighton Memorial Library, Webster Community Programs, Greece Public Library, Henrietta Public Library, Macedon Public Library, and NextStepU in Victor for making these tests available to so many teens! How many…

Read more

Hot, sunny Saturdays in Rochester are like rainbows: too rare and beautiful to ignore. So when more than 30 high schoolers jammed into the Pittsford Library’s Fisher Meeting Room this past weekend, something serious must have been at stake. Yet, these teens were only there to practice. Every athlete and performer knows you play like you practice. When we see high schoolers filling rooms across Rochester weekend after weekend for practice SATs and ACTs, we know that the irreplaceable value of practice is becoming clear to students who want their best test scores. The photo above is a snapshot of what we see time and time again: motivated teens trying their best to become even better. Some of them were seeing the test for the first time, while others were on their third or fourth practice test to sharpen the cutting edge of performance. Even though they spent four hours…

Read more

Believe it or not, tests aren’t just things you study for: taking tests can be a form of studying all its own. Henry L. Roediger III and Jeffrey D. Karpicke reviewed a century of research for their 2006 article, The Power of Testing Memory: Basic Research and Implications for Educational Practice. They found that frequent testing facilitates retention and recall more than passive studying techniques: “Taking a test on material can have a greater positive effect on future retention of that material than spending an equivalent amount of time restudying the material, even when performance on the test is far from perfect and no feedback is given on missed information. This phenomenon of improved performance from taking a test is known as the testing effect.” Often, students just study passively by just rereading and rewriting notes. Testing, on the other hand, requires active recall of targeted information. This, the very…

Read more

52/52