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Cincinnati PSAT & ACT Test Prep Course Mason, Loveland and West Chester, OH.
A+ Tutoring & Test Preparation has PSAT, SAT and ACT Prep Cincinnati courses for two types of students. First, for the student who has “fallen behind.” Whether it be because of a learning disability or even laziness, some students find they need to play “catch up.” Our SAT, PSAT, and ACT preparation course provides help for Cincinnati students who have fallen behind. Other students are quite gifted, but need someone to show them how to gain the competitive edge that will keep them ahead. They may not be good test-takers, may have missed out on perfecting a skill that they never mastered, or, yes, may be hampered by lack of motivation. Our SAT, PSAT, and ACT preparation help provides for gifted students who want to make their mark. There is a third type of student: the nervous one. Test anxiety affects both advanced students and those who need to work on remedial skills. A+ Tutoring also offers help in overcoming test anxiety to help maximize potential. It may seem strange that similar techniques often can solve different problems, but this can only be done with a guide who can show the way…
“Melior est enim sapientia cunctis pretiossisimis.” Proverbs 8:11
In Latin, we learn the valuable words, “Wisdom is indeed better…than all the most precious things put together.” So what is wisdom? Some call it a natural part of learning. Some say it is eternal. Yet, hopefully all would agree that to understand the principles of things, to get a bigger picture of learning and of life, is something that cannot be valued enough.
Very few students deal with the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests as just some walk in the park. There are even obstacles that can happen on the way to test day: sickness, boredom, changing schools, social pressures, and fear. But with a systematized, customized program, starting with a laser-focused diagnostic test, the end can be much more reachable than initially thought. Test preparation, or even studying in general, is about a process and a system to get to the right answer. Whether it be study habits in math and reading, critical thinking skills, programs to treat test anxiety, or even speed reading, we believe a good tutor can make a great difference in the life of a student with the pupil’s cooperation preparing for the ACT and SAT tests.
We provide mostly in-home tutoring in the Tri-State area in Southwest Ohio, including Greater Cincinnati, West Chester, Loveland, Mason, Milford, Monroe, and even parts of Dayton, though now we do have an office for test prep near the Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati where we also prep students for the ACT and SAT.
Why They Chose A+ Tutoring for Test Prep
Test Prep News
Mason, OH, Center of Big Test Results for Young StudentsStudents at Mason Middle School and St Xavier High School have taken advantage of elementary and middle school tutoring, respectively, to dominate the Explorer Test and PSAT. Achieving perfect scores, these students have shown the power of using a proven system to even take that prep to do well on the ACT and SAT.
College Success Seminars Coming to MasonA+, in conjunction with On Trak to College, offers free college preparation seminars, offering lessons to maximize scores on the SAT and ACT, as well as to navigate the college decision process regarding costs and scholarships.
ACT Announces Test Changes in 2015 to Rival Collegeboard'sThe ACT corporation has announced some changes to its test to happen in 2015, which many believe to be a retort to the recent drastic changes announced by College Board to their PSAT and SAT. The College Board Corporation has declined comment as to the significance of their own changes, though SAT and ACT test prep is still working well with the A+ techniques, even to the 99th percentile, right here in Cincinnati.
There is currently about a 70% similarity between the SAT and ACT exams. This is why it often makes sense to give both tests a try and see which test is right for your child. Interestingly enough, students who have tutored with us for the SAT test and have scored even about the 90th percentile or greater have excelled even more with the ACT with just a couple of sessions of ACT prep. In other words, the SAT course provides a solid foundation for the ACT, as it teaches critical thinking skills and forces students to be careful. If students are solid with content on the ACT: mainly English grammar rules, math formulas through trigonometry or pre-Calculus, and the fundamental concepts of science through physics and chemistry, they can do even better preparing for the ACT test.
We link to the format of the ACT here and explain more about our own approach here.The ACT exam is one we’ve really seen focused on by students in Ohio. We noticed this within a couple of short months after starting in Cincinnati in 2006. Perhaps this is because of the Midwest ethos of straightforwardness. Though critical thinking is certainly a central component of the ACT, the questions on the ACT come from a foundational formation from a college prep school. Know English and read many books, read a good variety of books, know your formulas and concepts in math (don’t just memorize them for a quiz or test), and take the full cycle of math and science classes. Knowing (i.e. memorizing) is valued slightly more on the ACT than the SAT, so don’t rely on a calculator for basic calculations.
A+ Tutoring launches Test Prep Aces to help students through online tutoringA+ Tutoring/Test Preparation has announced launching Test Prep Aces, which will offer tutoring and test prep in an online setting to create custom plans for students needs, especially on the prominent standardized tests administered in high school.
Testing Dates for SATJune 6, 2015 Register by May 8
Oct. 3, 2015Register by Sept. 3
Nov. 7, 2015 Register by Oct. 9
Dec. 5, 2015 Register by Nov. 5
Jan. 23, 2016 Register by Dec. 28
March 5, 2016 Register by Feb. 5
May 7, 2015 Register by April 8
June 4, 2016 Register by May 5
*SAT only (no subject tests)
Testing Dates for ACTSeptember 12, 2015 Register by August 7
October 24, 2015 Register by September 18
December 12, 2015 Register by November 6
February 6, 2016* Register by January 8
April 9, 2016 Register by March 4,
June 11, 2016** Register byMay 6,
Considered until lately the queen of standardized tests, the SAT may have lost its former glory with its announcement that its format would change in early 2016. However, its current format is the same as it’s been since Fall 2005.
The nature of the SAT can best be understood in terms of the puzzles it offers the test taker. Reading offers passages from several disciplines, with more of an emphasis on vocabulary and hidden meanings than on content. While the ACT is more concerned with what students have actually learned in school in their Math and Science classes, the SAT would like the well-rounded student to think more deeply about relationships. While there is a commonality between the SAT and ACT in terms of the section oriented toward reading, the SAT includes a sentence completion section that heavily emphasizes vocabulary, especially words with Latin and Greek roots. The math on the SAT is much more about puzzles and logic that the problems on the ACT, but students have 25% more time per question on this section to think things through. While the ACT offers its English section as several passages, the SAT offers more disembodied sentences that students need to rewrite or to simply recognize which part of the sentence is incorrect.
Our Services for Test Prep
Though we have different programs related to school, ranging from primary to secondary to college and post graduate, we focus mainly on ACT, PSAT, and SAT, and do so mainly in one-on-one tutoring.
Individualized tutoring can be an amazing way to prepare for a standardized test. Having a true expert in your corner who has seen the material hundreds of times allows you to have the confidence to deal with any type of question. Though we have an office location in Cincinnati near the Tri-County Mall, we usually can do in-home tutoring or meet at some other location. Personalizing a plan for our students helps us keep our meetings efficient; communication with parents is vital so we make sure we keep on track. As with all the other types of test prep and tutoring, the diagnostic test allows us to see what a student is capable of and how quickly the student catches onto our techniques.
Both Michael DiSalvo and Mr Brent Puthoff have spent many hours perfecting their skills on the SAT and ACT. More importantly, they have helped their students into the 98th-99th percentile range, with Mr DiSalvo’s working with many National Merit Scholars who did well on their PSATs. While both have helped students to high scores on the various tests, including the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, Brent comes from a more math- and science-oriented background, and Michael comes from a more languages- and grammar-oriented background.
We explain further on the our ACT page for test prep how we approach each of the individual tests on the ACT, but, in truth, we jump right into a diagnostic test to see not only where a student is in his academic preparation, but more especially to see how closely he is following the steps that we teach that make up the core of our tutoring.
There are many facets that go into test prep, and there are many tests students prep for. Some of these include the HSPT, SSAT, the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GMAT, and GRE, as well as the AP and SAT subject tests. While we catalogue these tests under “Test Prepping”, understanding the common system we use to prepare students for tests is vital for families we work with.
A surprising number of our successes in Cincinnati have come from siblings who were preparing for the PSAT, SAT and ACT (specifically two families in the Loveland area, and one in Montgomery) . Do friends or acquaintances have a chance to do well together? Absolutely. It all depends on chemistry and the diagnostic test. When many of our siblings have had a chance, they have even succeeded in PSAT prep before we even get into the prep material for the ACT and SAT.
Classes for the PSAT, SAT and ACT
A+ Tutoring/Test Preparation offers SAT and ACT classes for the Cincinnati area, but we have no ongoing schedule. Instead, we offer classes for schools and organizations, as well as free seminars on the techniques that have helped our students to the 99th percentile. The center we are associated with in Mason, however, offer classes on a continuous basis.
If you have any questions about the tests we offer or any academic subject matter, please give us a call. We are in Cincinnati, travel as far north as West Chester, Ohio, and are happy to help with your ACT and SAT test prep needs.
Michael knows the material inside and out, and showed me how to focus on areas where I needed the most help.
Grant, Montgomery, OH
I cannot give enough praise to Michael DiSalvo, my daughter's tutor for the ACT and SAT tests. His methods are very effective. Without Mr. DiSalvo, my daughter's PSAT scores predicted she would score approximately 1930 over the three sections of the SAT test. She scored more than 200 POINTS HIGHER than that, with a 2150! (700 - M, 720 - V, 730 - W). Her ACT score was even more impressive - a 33 composite, which put her in the 99 percentile - the top 1% of test takers! We are thrilled with the scores!
[This client's other daughter was also helped into the 99th percentile by Mr DiSalvo].
Cindy, Loveland, OH
Michael's one-on- one sessions tremendously helped my daughter's math and verbal skills. She was able to receive in-depth help from the moment she and Michael started. Claire worked with Michael before her first ACT test and she scored a 31!
Laurel, Loveland, OH
My daughter had serious testing anxiety and didn’t score well in the SAT/ACT comparable to her capability. After working with Michael (who uses a very patient and engaging style) and his A+ tutoring techniques, she not only overcame the testing anxiety on these tests but also starting doing even better on everyday tests in highschool! As a result she increased her ACT score significantly (+5 points!)
Mrs. O, Cincinnati, OH