BREAKING: New Practice Test 1874FPRE has been released!

The folks at ACT have released what they're calling the 2018|2019 ACT Practice Test. Test prep gurus and professional tutors of all sorts have seen this play out enough times to know that "new" content from the ACT isn't generally new.  So what's the deal with ACT 1874FPRE? Where can you download a PDF of the new ACT practice test? And how should you use it with your students? 

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How to Make Summer Test Prep More Flexible

Learn to connect with students by offering flexible test prep packages that will help them achieve their college admissions goals without ruining their summer plans. Cleare Choice Test Prep is the only provider of 100% custom-branded test prep materials and software for tutors and test prep pros.

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5 Non-Science Skills Students Must Have to Succeed on the ACT Science Test

You may have heard that the ACT Science test doesn't actually test science. That's true, but it's not the whole story. It's essential that students master these five skills before they sit down to take the ACT test. Clear Choice Test Prep helps tutors deliver an exceptional test prep experience.

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5 Things to do NOW to Prepare Your Test Prep Business for Summer

Test prep businesses should already be thinking about the sunny summer days just around the corner and the challenges that come with them. Are you ready? It's time to consider updating your test prep offering to generate referrals, impress parents, and improve results, Summer is coming. Be ready.

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Should Your Students Take the SAT Essay now that Harvard Won't Require It?

Next year, Harvard's pool of applicants will not be required to send SAT Essay scores. In a recently announced policy shift, Harvard has joined fellow Ivies Columbia, Cornell, and Penn in no longer requiring applicants to submit either of the optional SAT or ACT writing tests.

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How to Interpret Your SAT Scores

The SAT is a complex test that generates a lot of useful data for admissions counselors, tutors, parents, and students. It is important to look beyond the total score for opportunities to both celebrate success and target further improvement.

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How Long Should Your Tutoring Sessions Be?

Effective tutors tailor their instruction to the needs of their students. At the first session for a new client, a number of key decisions must be made based upon pre-assessment data and a student's growth goals.

Ultimately, part of that decision-making discussion must include how long tutoring sessions should last and how often they should occur. While some test prep companies opt to standardize the process and their curriculum as much as possible, the best ones find ways to tailor fit the experience to student needs. Deciding upon the ideal session length for a student is one aspect of tutoring personalization that tutors and test prep professionals cannot afford to overlook.

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Why Test Prep Companies Should NOT Attempt to Compete on Price

One of the most important decisions you can make for any business is what to charge for your products and services. Typically, this judgement boils down to a strategic choice about the business itself: are you peddling a common commodity or offering a high-end product or service?

In the case of the latter, you have the ability to charge a premium to employ the best staff, and implement the most effective curriculum. With the former, you will spend your days trying to make ends meet in an unwinnable race to the bottom of local test prep pricing.

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Erasing Careless Mistakes on the ACT and SAT

With standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, it does not matter why a test taker’s answer is wrong. A careless mistake costs the same amount of points as an incorrect guess. As such, it behooves test prep tutors to equip students with strategies to prevent these types of mistakes in order to maximize scores and showcase students’ true skills.

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5 Ways to Help Parents Support their Child's Test Prep Efforts

Just as buying a $10,000 guitar and hanging it on a wall won’t make you the next Eric Clapton, parents who pay top dollar for test prep don’t automatically wind up with students who ace the SAT.

Success and proficiency come from a combination of dedicated practice, effort, and invested time. As a tutor, the focus is typically on the student; but an often-overlooked part of the formula for a successful test day is parental involvement.

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Is Your Test Prep a Commodity?

Commodities have long existed as the cornerstone of economies large and small throughout time and across the world. In simple terms, a commodity is a raw material or good with a high degree of fungibility, meaning its value exists irrespective of who or what produced it. My gold bar is worth the same as your stack of gold coins. Cotton, cocoa, and frozen orange juice are all examples of commodities. And unfortunately for a lot of tutors out there, test prep has increasingly become a commodity. And with the rollout of ACT Academy, the trend is set to continue. How will your business react?

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How Tutors Can Compete with FREE Test Prep

The recent announcement of the new, free ACT Academy coming online this spring has a lot of test prep tutors and companies on their heels.

While the SAT has offered fairly robust, free test prep materials for several years, the ACT (read: currently the most popular college entrance exam) has kept much of its materials safely locked behind a paywall. With both tests now committed to supplying test-takers with databases-worth of free practice material, how then can the test prep industry compete?

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