Why Victory Step Education is One Step Ahead!

 

There is no doubt that in society today, it is most prudent to have a college education.  The opportunities one gets when they have achieved a higher education are often better than what they would get without one. This would explain why the SAT and ACT tests are so important and influential in high school.

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All About the SAT!

Here is a little unknown fact to most: The SAT used to stand for the “Scholastic Aptitude Test” until 1993 when the College Board decided to have the acronym not stand for anything. Nowadays, this incredibly important test is known only as the SAT… This is an acronym every high school student in the United States undoubtedly has in their vocabulary. There is absolutely no denying that the SAT’s are a huge part of not only a student’s high school experience, but also determining their college experience as well.

In this post we will explore aspects of the SAT’s like how to prepare, deadlines and test dates, and how to register.

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Making the Investment in Victory Step

victoryStep_logo_withTextMaking the decision to enroll a student in a test preparation program is not an easy task. Asides from the obvious burden of costs ranging into thousands of dollars, will the time and effort spent really give fruitful results? How do I know that the company I choose will be the right one? What kinds of qualities make us stand out from others in the area? Well I hope to answer some of these doubts and concerns.

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Test Day Worst-Case Scenarios

Test Day Worst-Case Scenarios

 

There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous on test day. The SAT can be scary. The key is to stay calm and have a plan for everything. Here are a few simple solutions for some test-day challenges you may or may not expect.

Problem: You forget your pencil.

Solution: The most important thing to remember is not to panic. Ask the proctor nicely if he or she has any extra writing implements. If not, ask your neighbor. If your neighbor says no, try creating your own pencil. While no one is looking, duck under your desk and discreetly saw off one of the legs. Don’t forget to carve “#2” into the side; otherwise, College Board won’t accept it.

Problem: When you arrive at the test center, you realize you aren’t wearing any clothes.

Solution: The most important thing to remember is not to panic. You are probably dreaming. Try flipping the lights on and off a few times. If the lights stay on no matter what, you know you are asleep (I learned that from a movie). If the lights do turn off, and now everyone is mad at you for being naked and playing with the lights, politely ask the proctor if he or she will turn up the heat in the exam room. You don’t want to catch a cold.

Problem: You develop amnesia in the middle of the test and forget everything you have studied, along with your name and address.

Solution: The most important thing to remember is not to panic.

Problem: Your test is written in French, which you do not speak.

Solution: This problem is rare; it is more common for the test to be in German. However, if you do receive a test in French, remember these few words:

  • hello—bonjour
  • have a nice day—bonne journee
  • reading—la lecture
  • math—mathematiques
  • pencil—crayon

And so on. I’m sure you can figure out the rest from there.

Problem: Zombies enter the exam room and start eating people.

Solution: The zombies are probably lost. Keeping an eye on the time, find the zombie who looks like the leader (probably the biggest, most aggressive one). Direct him or her towards the nearest graveyard or shopping mall. If you do not know the area very well, point the lead zombie in the direction of the building’s receptionist desk. Your proctor, provided he or she remains uneaten, may be willing to grant you a few extra minutes because of the distraction.

Problem: Your test paper grows teeth and devours your pencil.

Solution: See solution to problem 1.

Problem: Somebody in the exam room keeps flipping the lights on and off.

Solution: Test-takers will sometimes act strangely because of something they read in a stupid “what-if” style list. Try to ignore them. If you can’t ignore them, try to reassure them. The most important thing you can remind them of is that they shouldn’t panic.

The real purpose of this post is just this: a lot of things can happen to you on test day, but it’s never the end of the world. You are smart. You are capable. You have studied. You are going to be fine. The most important thing to remember is not to panic.

New Deals For Our New Location!

Great news, everyone! On April 1st, we are establishing our new HQ at 5068 W Plano Parkway, Suite 238 in Plano, TX! This great new center will be considerably closer to our students and will be our most accommodating center yet. To welcome everyone to our happy new home, we’re going to offer a special admission price of $399 for upcoming SAT and ACT classes based at our new location! Go ahead and check out our currently listed SAT and ACT classes to save a spot and lock in your discount today!

Instructors as Investigators

Whoever penned the phrase “Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach” probably wasn’t a very good student. Don’t misunderstand– being a good student has nothing to do with how quickly you learn material. Being a good student is about how one works with the knowledge presented to them. A good student pushes their teachers with thoughtful questions and new observations about material that others accept at face value. Continue Reading “Instructors as Investigators”

Don’t Underestimate Your Own Writing

Students are often their own worst enemies. A lack of confidence in their own writing can lead to sloppy essays- or worse, dishonest writing. When a piece looks overly doctored by a parent or guardian, a trained eye can spot the influence immediately (and not in a good way). So in the hopes of reaching any student who feels they might not have what it takes to craft the heart of their essay on their own, I have a few reasons that your essay might be perfectly appealing from your own point of view.

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Practicing Empathy for the Teenage Brain

If you look at the most effective, talented teachers, I imagine many strong, compassionate qualities come to mind. I also imagine that descriptions like “impatient”, “dismissive”, and “close-minded” are the opposite of what you might imagine defining a great mentor. So then, when faced with a classroom of young people going through the strangest, most turbulent times of their lives, how do teachers find the patience they need to do their jobs well?

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