welcome my name is Ronald today I will be your tour guide through your a CT Princeton review scores back session what will we be covering today is how to read your score report what the a CT test and then what the principal view has to offer for your future testing needs as you already know the a CT tests five different areas the first section is the math section the second section is the reading section the third section is the English section the fourth section is the science reasoning section and then there’s also an optional essay section the math section pretty much tests content from arithmetic to trigonometry the reading section consists of four different passages that test your reading comprehension and knowledge the third section the English section tests your skill and your knowledge in grammar and punctuation and in the fourth and final section beside the writing section it’s the science reasoning section this section is pretty much another reading section but based on scientific information including graphs charts tables and research summaries you also have in front of you a score report this next slide gives you an image of what your score report looks like of course this is not your score report it is just an example from left to right I will explain how to read your score report at the top of your score report you will see your name and your address and then from left to right under the section that says your scores each score for each section will be listed for example on this student score report we have the English section at 22 the math section he or she scored a 20 for the reading section he or she scored a 26 and then on the science section he or she scored a 20 what a CT does is it takes all of the four different scores without this with the writing score and it composes a composite score for this student the composite score was a 22 on top of that composite score you will see almost a gauge and that gauge lets you know where you land based on all the other young people who have taken the AC T this student ranks in the 62nd percentile our next slide lists different schools in the region and their different AC T average scores you see different schools as Iowa State University the average AC T score of their students ranges between 22 and 28 if you remember correctly our last example student scored 22 and so as you see he or she would be able possibly to get accepted into Iowa State University with that kind of a score and actually go down the list we want you to take your score and see where you may fall with some of these schools and their average AC T scores after reading your score report there are three questions that we want to ask you did you answer every question but miss easy and medium ones did you leave a lot of questions blank and miss a lot of easy and medium ones or maybe you answered most questions correctly and you guessed on what was left well will target this first one if you answered every question but miss easy and medium ones then the conclusion that we want you to reach is that you’re working too quickly the second category that we want you to ask did you leave a lot of questions blank or did you miss a lot of easy and medium ones if that’s the category that you fell in then you may need to work on mastering some of them content the last category that you may fall in is that you answered most questions correctly and you guessed on what was left if that’s you then you found a good balance between speed and accuracy next time try to answer a few more questions while still maintaining that accuracy you may now be asking yourself what is a good AC T score well guess what that depends on where you’re trying to go depending on the college or the university that you want to attend that is going to be your yardstick to measure what a good AC T score is for you for the student in our example who scored a composite of 22 we

see here that Mankato State University pretty much has an average AC T score of 22 however if this student wanted to get into the University of st. Thomas st Thomas then we must be mindful that that colleges average HTT score is 24 and we’re working our way up to the University of Minnesota whose average a CT score is a 27 and so there is not necessarily a good or a bad score depending on where you want to go depending on where you want your scores to take you that is going to be the yardstick to measure whether your score was good or maybe needs a little improvement some of you may be wondering well we’ve taken the practice a CT exam what about the SAT well truth be told it’s a little different now than it was years ago instead of different regions accepting different tests all colleges now accept either test the SAT and the a CT are both tests of skill and with any practice any student can improve his or her scores neither of the tests are likely like the tests that you take in school both of them are very tricky there are over stuff so that you can’t finish and they’re designed so that most students get a mid-range score and so they’re almost designed to trick you up to cause you to fail to help you not to achieve and that’s why the principal view is here for you here’s one tip that we want to give you we want to let you know that accuracy is more important than speed when you’re taking any of these exams the SAT or the a CT you want to make sure that your being more accurate then you are speeding through the test so slow down say that to yourself slow down answer fewer questions but when you answer your questions you’ll be more likely to get them correct now let’s compare the two tests kind of again depending on what you want to take you have just taken the a CT but maybe you’re saying well I want to take the SAT well let me give you a little overview the two tests differ in not just this one area but in multiple areas but let’s focus on the guessing area so when should you guess if you plan on taking the SAT you might want to know that guessing if you guess incorrectly you’re penalized by a quarter of a point for every wrong guess that you make with a multiple-choice question on the contrary that a CT does not take off any points for wrong answers so just by having that knowledge that might help you determine which tests that you want to take a tool that we’re going to teach you if you choose to take a Princeton Review course is something called the process of elimination we call it Poe and we use the process of elimination to help us with problems that may have some tricky answers or may be a little more difficult to solve it increases your accuracy and it reduces the amount of time that you have to take on each question and so the process of elimination is a good strategy a good tool to use when taking either the a CT or the SAT let’s do an example we’re going to use the process of elimination with this question just to show you how effective and efficient it is what is the capital of Malawi we have five answer choices here a London B Tokyo C Paris B Mazetti and E pardon my pronunciation the long way you can all eliminate some of the apparently incorrect answers without spending time really thinking about it for example D we automatically eliminate because we know was Etta is in Minnesota London we can automatically eliminate because we know that that’s in England Tokyo and Paris are also world class cities that we know are not in Malawi and so using the process of elimination we’re left with the last answer E and then the principle review we will give you this strategy and a host of other strategies to help your accuracy and to help your efficiency now comparing the two tests we want to look at them side-by-side there SAT versus the HCT the SAT is trickier but it has easier concepts for example the math section on their SAT it might look imposing but it really doesn’t test anything past your basic 8th grade math knowledge however that a CT is an ash tricky it’s more

straightforward but a test harder concepts it says all the way up to two trigonometry next thing you might want to know the SAT is more technique based and so if you’re going to take the SAT it’s a little bit more about knowing how to take the test versus the content on the test whereas they’re a CT being more straightforward is more content-based if you take the SAT you might notice that it tests your vocabulary whereas the a CT doesn’t the a CT has a science reasoning portion and the SAT doesn’t to get the composite score on the SAT the SAT adds all three sections together to get a composite whereas the a CT averages the four sections to get a composite so I’m hoping to give you information so that you can make an informed decision about whether to take the SAT or the a CT and let’s look at a testing timeline where should you be based on the year of your schooling if you’re an 11th grade we in that you take the SAT and/or the agency at least once also feel free to take the SAT Subject Tests or AP tests if needed if you’re in the 12th grade if you’re a senior we recommend that you maybe give both tests or either test at least another or even a third shot if you need to also you can take the a CT or the SAT Subject Tests on your screen you see some of the different testing days you might want to take these into mind depending on your availability a CT test dates differ their SAT test dates so on your screen you can kind of absorb this information to help you better decide also which of the two tests to take you may be asking yourself well how many times should I take either test well if you’re preparing to take either test you might want to first of all take one of them first in your junior year but plan to take the test at least twice but do not take the test more than three times if you do take the SAT or HTT multiple times then you can send all your scores and many colleges will take your best score from each subject that’s something that we call the super score so that’s really that’s really a good advantage so take it about two or three times and some of your college colleges will do a super score and just take the best score from each subject so make sure you check with the admissions office of whichever colleges that you are thinking about to see if they super score now as you all know the college entrance exam is not just the only thing that colleges are looking for colleges also look for the rigor of the courses that you took in high school how hard were they how easy were they did you take any advanced placement classes did you take any advanced skill classes they’re looking at rigor they also are looking at your GPA your grade point average they’re looking at your academic curiosity how very were the content areas or the academic selection statute and then one of the fourth areas as you all know is why we’re all here they also look at your test scores so test scores are an important part of the college interest process and actually on your transcript that you’re called at your high school since your college that that considers that amounts to about 40% of their decision apparently depending on the college if you go to a smaller college they might look at more personal factors whereas if you go to a larger college they will be looking at more standardized numbers college entrance exams your GPA because bigger colleges don’t have as much time to really look at the different personal factors as smaller colleges may have so you want to consider that also when selecting a college and we’re taking your entrance exam test scores depending on the college could probably amount to about 20% of what College is considered so these are just some rough estimates we don’t want you to take them literally because it based it’s different based on which college you choose let’s look at some test prep strategies for the difference for the four different sections on the AC T we want you to get your best score and so I’m just going to give you just a few strategies for free but the Princeton Review wants to teach you we have a whole host of other strategies to help you get a better score and to help you be more efficient on your test one thing you might want to know about the English section is this the AC t– tests against your ear so

sometimes it likes to trick you up because it knows you may make certain judgments based on what you think is the right answer in comparison to what is grammatically the right answer so for example at the grocery store if you’re at the grocery store would it be correct to say you’re getting 10 items or less or will it be correct to say you’re getting 10 items or fewer so the AC T is going to test how things sound in your ear so just be very careful not to be tricked by common speech and by what your ear thinks sounds good you want to make sure that you’re doing things grammatically correct something that we also want to tell you is do not be afraid of the no change option and some of your answers on the English section the first answer selection will be no change do not be afraid to circle that because it is correct 25% of the time that it appears also in some portions of the English section delete will appear if this appears in an underlying section or in connection with the underlying section it will be correct about 50% of the time that it appears for the next section the math section some of the strategies that we want to give you are listed on your screen you’re going to want to know how to Ballpark I’m not going to go into details with that but it pretty much deals with estimating if you learn how to borrow part it will improve your efficiency and it will also improve your score something that I noticed that a lot of high school students tend to do or have kind of the propensity to do they tend to over use their calculator in the principal review courses we’re going to teach you when to use your calculator and when to not use your calculator and then how to use your calculator to best suit which are you what you’re doing on the test we also want to give you this next strategy you take two passes so go through the test the first time with the math section and then if you have some extra time go through it again and go over some problems that you may have had to skip the next strategy we’ve seen when I first started the presentation which is Poe process of elimination this strategy helps us to eliminate the apparently wrong answers to speed up our testing process and to increase our accuracy another strategy that we want to give you it’s the personal order of difficulty we call it the pood so we want you to start in the math section start doing your easiest one start doing the questions that look easiest to you because all the questions are worth the same amount of points and so whether you answer a hard question or an easy question they’re both worth the same amount and so using your own personal order difficulty will help you ensure that you get all the easiest question is done first and then you leave the heart ones for the end another thing we want to make sure that you do is we want to make sure that you read each question carefully careless mistakes happen when students do not read the question but instead predict the answer we want you to make sure that you read each question carefully so that the HTT doesn’t trip you up for the next section which is the reading section on your screen you have additional strategies don’t take the test in the order it’s presented now that may be a little confusing but when you are presenting with the agency again you will notice that there are four different sections in the reading section you’re going to want to read the section that is easiest for you first many people find that the fiction section is not as easy to answer quickly and so they save it for last so you want to say the hardest section of those four within the reading section for last we also want to make sure that you pace yourself timing is everything both the ATT and the SAT are designed for the average student not to finish so please make sure that you pace yourself one thing you may want to understand too for the reading section is that you don’t have to read you can either skip reading the passage all together and just go straight to the questions or you can skim you should look for and eliminate wrong answers once again we see that old classic skill that I taught you at the beginning coming up again process of elimination eliminate wrong answers right off so they don’t distract you the next skill is I want you to pay attention to distractors distractors are designed to distract your way of thinking to break your concentration and to throw you off track so pay attention to them but at the same time don’t let them distract you another skill that the Prince of review is going to teach you it’s going to teach you how to translate the question into your own words and then find the answer that best matches what you’ve translated the next section is the science reasoning section let’s think about it like this instead of thing about as science reasoning let’s

think about it as technical reading because this really is just a the reading section basic understanding of the scientific method will help you out and to your surprise or maybe not now since you’ve taken the test once you really won’t need to know much science knowledge because most of the information will already be given to you in the passages that’s why we call it technical reading and so you want to make sure that you’re going to read and understand the charts and the grass in order to answer this section efficiently and effectively there are three types of science passages we have the charts and graphs we have the experiment section and then we have the fighting scientists section your screen gives you an example or gives you an explanation rather of what those sections consist of a strategy that we want to give you especially for the science section is once again pool which means personal order of difficulty you want to do the easiest section first and the hardest section last usually students find that the charts and graphs section is the easiest then they usually move on to the experiment section if you find the reading section really easy then maybe you should do the fighting scientist section second but it all depends on your own personal order of difficulty another thing that we’ve noticed that the HCT does it’s when it presents you with two opposites usually one of the two answer choices it’s the correct answer so now you may be excited you may be nervous I don’t know what exactly you’re feeling but I do know that the Printz review is here to help you now you need to ask yourself how will you prep well you do like the young lady on your left will you prep on your own if you do want to prep your own the press review offers different books and resources at your local book store to help you with that preparation or we offer classes or tutors or even online sessions but you do want to make sure that you get enough preparation in for either test that you take whether it’s the SAT or the HTT because taking it without prep you’re probably not going to get as good of a score as you would get if you take it with preparation simply because neither one of the tests just tests content they are skill based tests and so you need to know how to take the test in order to master the test just a little bit more information about the prince review last year we helped about 3.5 million students on their journey to college and also of note about four out of five principal you graduates get into their top choice school and that’s because we offer years of proven strategies to help people not just master the content on the test but master the strategies on the tests and so that improves their accuracy it improves their efficiency and so they have an advantage over students who have not prepared or who have not taken courses to prepare for these college entrance exams just so you know we prep for all the tests the ATT the SAT those are pretty much the test of your concern if you also want to take the piece that we we prep for the pset when you get into some graduate programs we we prep for the graduate program interest exams we also teach content and strategies so we don’t just see strategies but we also brush up on some of the content our instructors go through intensive instructor training so these are not just instructors that come walking off of the street with no training with no skill but these are instructors who are intensively trained to help you get the best possible college interest exam score that you can we also have different formats and options for your preparation you can prep for your own using some of our resources that you can find at your local bookstore you can prep in the traditional classroom setting you can prep with a small group you can prep with the tutor you can even prep online so we have many different options to help you on your journey to getting your best score so that you can get in your school of choice in conclusion we want you to be the best that you can be as far as your HTT or SAT score is concerned and so if you’re going to be a number make sure it’s a big one the top score for the SAT is 2400 at the top score for the AC T is 36 well thank you for taking this journey with me I hope you’ve learned how to read your score report I’ve hope you learn exactly what’s on the a CT and then something I really want you to take home with you it’s how the prints review can help you we’re here for you we’re here to increase your score we’re here to get you into the college that you want to get to and remember a good score is based on the kind of score that you’re looking for to get into the kind of school that you desire to get into and we’re here to help you look us up online at the Princeton Review comm or contact your local press review office thank you