The Achievement Centers offers private instruction or group tutoring in preparation for several standardized tests.

The ACT and SAT are exams students take before they apply to colleges or universities.  Their scores on these tests often dictate which college or university a student can attend. Each exam lasts approximately four hours.

  • Students may be tested to determine how they will score when taking the ACT and/or SAT. Evaluations also determine the level of the student’s skills that will be tested on the ACT and/or SAT. Testing results will determine what instruction is needed to further develop the student’s skills and receive higher scores on the ACT and/or SAT.
  • The individualized instruction that the student receives at the Achievement Centers will improve performance in the academic areas. Instruction will also teach the student what to expect when taking the ACT and/or SAT as well as how to take the ACT and/or SAT.
  • Instruction gives the student the edge over the rest, the edge that will make the difference with preparation for high school and college entrance exams – ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.

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The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests:  English, Mathematics,  Reading, and  Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a Writing Test.

English Test (all multiple choice)

  • Punctuation
  • Grammar and usage
  • Sentence structure 

Math Test (all multiple choice) 

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Reading Test (all multiple choice)

  • Determine main ideas
  • Locate and interpret significant details
  • Understand sequences of events
  • Make comparisons
  • Comprehend cause-effect relationships
  • Determine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements
  • Draw generalizations
  • Analyze the author's or narrator's voice and method

Science Test (all multiple choice)

  • Data representation (graphs, tables, and other schematic forms)
  • Research summaries (descriptions of one or more related experiments)
  • Conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one another)

The questions require you to:

  • Recognize and understand the basic features of, and concepts related to, the provided information
  • Examine critically the relationship between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developed
  • Generalize from given information and draw conclusions, gain new information, or make predictions

Writing Test

The Writing Test is a 30-minute essay test that measures your writing skills; specifically those writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

The test consists of a writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue. You are asked to respond to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt. In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue. Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take on the issue.

There are 10 sections in all – three for each division, and one ‘equating’ section. The equating section is used to assess questions for use in future tests. (It can be in any of the three areas and does not count toward the score). Apart from a short essay and ten out of the 54 math questions, the questions are all five-answer multiple-choice. Each of the divisions has a maximum score of 800, giving a maximum overall score of 2400.

The SAT Reasoning Test is a three hour and forty-five minute examination consisting of three main divisions:

Math

The three Math sections are organized as follows:

  • One section of 25 minutes containing 8 problem solving questions and 10 grid-ins
  • One section of 25 minutes containing 20 problem solving questions
  • One section of 20 minutes containing 16 problem solving questions

You will see that there are a total of 54 scored math questions on one test.  Remember that each actual SAT test contains one experimental section of 25 minutes; this section could be math, writing or critical reading. Experimental sections will not be scored and are used for research purposes.

Reading

  • Reading comprehension
  • Sentence completion
  • Vocabulary

Writing

  • Grammar
  • Identifying sentence errors
  • Improving sentences
  • Improving paragraphs
  • Essay writing