iLearn Academy is proud to officially announce the opening of our brand new Test Prep program - a self-guided, multi-level test curriculum which gives students a competitive edge over their peers!
ILearn Academy Test Prep
Test taking is a developed skill, and just like any athletic or creative ability, it requires practice and repetition to maintain. Becoming proficient at taking standardized tests is a long lasting process, but one that is critical to any student's academic career. High school entrance exams may determine a child's enrollment eligibility. Students placed in advanced high school classes have the opportunity to prepare for college undergraduate-level courses and even earn early credits. Moreover, scoring well on the ACT and SAT greatly improves college admission chances and may even qualify students for scholarships and grants.
Students grades 8 through 12 can now register on a monthly basis and take advantage of the materials, expert support, and learning environment which produce the results they want.
1. Set Your Goals
After a diagnostic exam to evaluate their skill level, students will be placed on a test preparation pathway that sees them meeting their individual goals.
2. Build Your Skills
Our Skills Review curriculum ensures that students know what to expect for each standardized test and feel confident in the subject matter being tested.
3. Get Support
Certified teachers administer each test and are available for questions and clarification every step of the way.
4. Track Your Progress
Students will have a detailed record of their developing strengths as they work on time management, test taking stamina, and problem-solving skills.
Think that iLearn Test Prep might be right for your student? Contact us today and schedule a diagnostic exam.
Dear iLearn Academy Parents,
The summer is approaching quickly. If you are thinking about how to maintain or improve your students' reading comprehension and math skills during the summer yet still want them to have fun, we have an excellent solution for you.
Our students come to iLearn Academy with different abilities and needs. That's why this summer, the language arts teachers, math teachers, and science/technology teachers have all collaborated to develop a curriculum that meets the learning needs of our diverse learners. We created a thematic unit plan "Eyeing Tornadoes" for our summer program. Over the summer, our students are going to learn all about tornadoes; students are going to read, write, do math and science, and create a tornado story through a fun and engaging ITI model - they are going to learn and research about a tornado by watching video clips, reading informational texts, creating science experiments, building 3D replicas of a tornado shelter, and taking a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.
The i-Generation learners, your children, today are constantly exposed to technology, and it's a natural evolution for us to employ technology in our unit plans. Students will have fun utilizing video clips, interactive writing tools, computer simulations, and hands-on materials to keep them engaged in the learning process. Together, we will create some lasting memories this summer and stay engaged in an exciting learning environment. We are looking forward to teaching the new "Tornado" unit to our students.
Summertime can be so chock-full of sporting events, spontaneous trips to the beach, overnight camps, and vacations to exotic lands far and wide, at times it seems busier than the commotion of the school year itself! For students, it's all too easy to let schoolwork and the fundamentals built upon during the spring semester slip away as they dive headfirst into all those summer activities.
At iLearn Academy, we understand the need to find the perfect balance between academic review and adventurous recreation throughout the break. That's why we've teamed up with local businesses in Glenview to give our students a summer they won't soon forget! Our academic classes will take place at the learning center, followed by a whole host of afternoon classes in arts and athletics. By partnering with various companies, iLearn Academy is able to offer more enrichment courses than ever before, including painting, music, drama, karate, engineering and hands-on science to students who want to have fun without falling behind. We're even providing transportation to and from all afternoon classes so parents can rest easy. So, what do you say? Let's make the most of this summer without sacrificing study!
Most students don't worry about preparing for the ACT until the spring of their junior year, if at all. That is when many schools offer students a free attempt at the exam, so it stands to reason that students should begin to study around then, right?
Well, not exactly. Spring of any student's junior year is bound to be one of the busiest times they will encounter in high school. Most sports, extracurricular activities and competitions begin in this season. It's important to note, though, the ACT isn't only offered in the Spring. Students can take the exam in September, December, February and June as well.
Another option is to start preparing over the summer! Students will have little else going on and will be able to devote their full attention to getting a leg up on the ACT. iLearn Academy offers a comprehensive ACT program throughout the summer. Our program ends one week prior to the official ACT test in September, giving our students no time to let their test taking skills fade before their first attempt at this crucial test. Join us in taking advantage of the summer and get the score you need!
A lot of students come to iLearn Academy wondering whether or not to take the optional writing portions of the standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. These essays are scored separately from the test, and not all universities require them when determining a student's eligibility. So why bother? A good writing score will make any student stand out compared to their peers, thus opening doors to colleges that do require a written sample. Smart students do their homework on which schools need an essay beforehand, and iLearn Academy teachers are always here to help.
It was discovered last month that Pearson Review's prices for SAT Test Preparation change greatly from place to place. The prices that appear on Pearson's website change depending on the zip code from which you are searching. The prices they post can vary nearly $2,000 dollars from the highest to lowest. This sort of price discrimination is becoming more and more rampant for online services, and could likely effect you if it doesn't already.
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Sometimes the peculiarities of the English language take some time to sort through. Fortunately, Grammarly has a great video on a common cause of confusion for many writing students: sometime, some time, and even sometimes. Brush up on the difference here and be sure your writing is conveying the meaning you want!
So what do you think? Are there other English phrases that give you trouble? Tell us in the comments below and let's figure them out together!
Hi iLearn Academy blog followers,
The College Board has sort of released 2015/2016 SAT results last week. You can view them HERE. The report details results for tests dates prior to the June 2016 test, which was the first date of the new SAT format and scoring. The college board sighted these reasons for not including these new scores in its report:
The college board is essentially saying that there is not an empirical way to compare the scores of old SAT to the new SAT. This makes it very hard for students, parents and learning facilities like ours to know what a "good" score for the new SAT is. Until students who took the new SAT start getting accepted into colleges there is no clear way to definitively set target scores for students. You can prepare for the content of the new SAT but will have a hard time setting goals for your preparation. Time would be better spent prepping for the ACT, where not only content but scores are defined and consistent.
As far as the new format of the essay writing test, virtually nothing has changed. The most recent essay prompts implemented in 2015 are still in effect. Students are asked to analyze and evaluate multiple perspectives on a complex issue, responding to each individual perspective's arguments in their writing. Essays are still scored using a rubric with the four main areas of writing competency (ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use and conventions). Each of these categories are scored out of a total 12 points by two independent readers, resulting in a sum score out of 48. Where last year's ACT Essay scores were scaled to match the other ACT test portions (giving students a number out of 36), the new 2016 ACT Essay score will now be an average of the four scores (producing a final score out of 12).
If you are unsure whether the ACT Writing Test is right for you, feel free to consult iLearn Academy today to discuss the benefits and expectations of the most recent test format.
For more information on ACT's new Writing Test Scores visit: