Tampa ACT Tutoring

Posted on 12th October 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I like tutoring ACT English and ACT Reading.

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Students who are good in science should consider taking the ACT because it has a science section. Check out my post on SAT versus ACT if you are trying to decide which test to take.

I’ve been working with one student to improve his ACT scores since this summer and he is making good progress.

He likes the test because he says the vocabulary is not as difficult as the SAT and because there is not a guessing penalty on the ACT.

If you are taking the ACT and need some help with the English or reading sections, please give me a call at 813.787.8959.

I tutor students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Odessa, Temple Terrace, and the surrounding areas. Reach me at Tampa Tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.

College Application Essay Help

Posted on 1st October 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

When it comes time for students who I have been tutoring to apply to colleges, my phones starts to ring. I’m not surprised that students who I have tutored in SAT English and essay writing call me for college application essay help.

I enjoy reading the rough drafts of college essays because they highlight the accomplishments of some gifted people.

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Eric is an English and history tutor based in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He tutors students in history, English, and American Government. If your son or daughter needs college essay writing help or a quick review of a draft, contact Eric at 813.787.8959 or by e-mail at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot r r dot com.

SAT Timing Tip for March 13 Tampa SAT Students

Posted on 12th March 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

First of all good luck to all of my students taking the SAT tomorrow. It’s been a pleasure helping you prepare for SAT writing and SAT reading comprehension. All of you will do well!

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One small tip to help you time the sections. SAT proctors are usually diligent about giving you reminders of remaining time, but one way to make sure you stay on pace is to wear an analog watch and set the hands to noon at the start of each section.
That way, it’s easy to see exactly how much time you have left to finish any SAT section.

Eric Anderson is a Wesley Chapel, Florida-based history, language arts, and SAT reading and writing tutor. He tutors students from grades 6-12 and adults and has worked extensively with students from the Hillsborough IB program. Contact Eric at 813.787.8959.


New Tampa SAT Tutor Gets Good News — Student Scores 2130

Posted on 28th February 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I could not be happier for one of my New Tampa SAT Tutoring students. He applied himself to improving his writing and critical reading and it paid off.

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Based on his PSAT scores, we projected he would score about 1900 on the SAT, but he did much better.

He is a student in the King IB Program.

If your son or daughter is taking the SAT this year and would like some individual help preparing, please contact me at 813.787.8959 or at Tampa tutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.

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Should you take the SAT or ACT?

Posted on 8th February 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation, Tampa SAT Preparation

Most colleges require applicants to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT.  Although a few colleges or universities require one or the other, many accept both. So, which one should you take?

Here is a quick break down to help you decide:

  • Time – Both the SAT and ACT are approximately three hours long.  The SAT takes 3 hours and 5 minutes, and the ACT takes 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete.

  • Cost – The cost of the SAT is $43. The basic ACT test costs $30, and if you take the optional writing portion, you pay an additional $14.50.

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    Photo created by Bill Selak and licensed under creative commons. 

  • Frequency – The SAT is given seven times per year. The ACT is given six times per year.

  • Structure – The SAT has ten sections: three critical reading, three mathematics, three writing sections (2 sections plus mandatory timed essay) and an experimental section that can be reading or math and is not identified to test takers. The ACT has four sections: English Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT also has an optional fifth writing section that is a timed essay. Test takers may choose to take the ACT with or without the essay.

  • Scoring – Each of the three sections of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. There is a quarter-point penalty for wrong answers on the SAT. ACT sections are scored from 1 to 36 and averaged to get a composite score. The ACT does not penalize test takers for wrong answers.

  • SAT Test Content – The SAT covers math up to Geometry and Algebra II. SAT Reading includes short, long, and paired prose passages with comprehension, vocabulary in context, and inference questions. Passages come from fiction, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each of the SAT reading comprehension sections include a section of sentence completion questions that test vocabulary. SAT writing includes a timed essay and questions covering grammar, usage, punctuation, and word choice.

  • ACT Test Content – The ACT covers math up to trigonometry. ACT science tests basic science knowledge and interpretation of graphs and data. The ACT Reading test includes four passages (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science, and Prose Fiction) with 15 questions each. The ACT English test stresses sentence-level grammar, punctuation, and style. The ACT has an optional essay.

  • Websites: The SAT is given by the College Board. http://www.collegeboard.com. The ACT is given by ACT Corporation http://www.actstudent.org.

Before deciding which test to take, look at the requirements of the colleges you are considering, think about your academic strengths, and talk to your parents. Review the admission policies of your school choices carefully. Try to take a few practice tests of each kind if you are not certain which test is right for you.

Eric Anderson is a Tampa, Florida-based English tutor. He tutors Reading Comprehension and writing for the SAT and Reading and English for the ACT. Contact him at tampatutor at tampabay dot rr dot com or by phone at 813.787.8959.

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