With the shift to the SAT as the official Illinois State Standardized Test, many students and parents are left wondering which college-readiness exam to prepare for as they near the end of their high school track.
ACT or SAT?
Choosing the right test largely depends on the strengths of the students themselves, as each test caters to certain skill sets.
iLearn Academy offers these helpful tips for making this big decision.
Play to your strengths
The SAT completely does away with the Science portion in its layout. While it may cover less material overall, SAT math includes Data Analysis on top of Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry and the SAT Reading portion contains one more passage than does the ACT. The writing is optional on both tests.
Speak with your iLearn Academy teacher
Taking time to sit down with your iLearn Academy teacher – who knows very well your particular strong areas – will help you make an informed decision that will leave you confident in your choice.
With all the nice weather and long summer days, the inevitable return to a school routine falls easily to the back of the mind.
For parents and students alike, this usually means the beginning of the fall semester is characterized by a sense of unpreparedness. The PSAT is a two-hour test administered in October, giving students very little time to readjust to the early morning hours and homework grooves, much less adequately prepare for this crucial juncture in a high schooler’s four year stint.
Many people focus on the ‘P’ in PSAT (which stands for practice) and thus view the test as merely a trial run leading up to the more important SAT, but here are three reasons the PSAT is more than just an exercise in standardized testing:
3. Both sophomore and junior high schoolers take the PSAT, but all PSAT scores from juniors are automatically considered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation – a program which awards finalists a variety of corporate- and college-sponsored scholarships that help reduce the cost of college.
Teaching writing is a time-intensive endeavor that most middle and high schools simply cannot afford.
Grading well crafted essays requires little effort. Most of the structural elements are in place and the sentences make sense.
Grading a poor essay? Uh-oh... The words don't make sense inside sentences that aren't coherent within paragraphs that aren't ordered logically inside the whole essay. Yikes! And many public school districts have around 20 students in a single class, which means the chances of each student getting the individual attention their specific writing skill set requires is next to impossible.
This is no small issue relegated to the English department either. Students who cannot form cogent arguments and articulate their thoughts clearly and effectively fall behind in all areas of high school, in college, and later on in life.
This very writing predicament inspired iLearn Academy English teachers to take advantage of the unique amount of free time available over the summer to teach the art of writing well from the ground up, using a comprehensive curriculum that takes students through each and every step of the writing process - an experience most high schoolers will miss out on, unfortunately. iLearn Academy students will research and write about a topic of interest to them, not choose from a list of pre-approved prompts. They will put their ideas and arguments to the test, develop their vocabulary, and consider their audience. But most importantly, students of writing learn how to think. And that's a skill we cannot afford to let them pass over.
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.
Please follow the link attached to read more: