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Introduction to the ACT and SAT (Intro):

This class can be taken at any time, but it’s a great way to start your studies at Test Prep for Success.  We will let you know exactly what to expect on the SAT and ACT tests, such as what topics will be covered, how much time will be given, how many questions will be asked, what the directions will be, and how the tests will be scored.  We discuss overall test taking strategies such as pacing, guessing, and coping with test anxiety.  We will even address some of the myths students may hear and should definitely not follow on test day.  If you are still unsure as to whether you will take the SAT, ACT, or both, or whether you should register for the optional essay, you should definitely take this class.  There will be plenty of time to ask the instructor all your questions.  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Practice Test 1 (ACT and/or SAT)

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Reading Comprehension Success Strategies for the SAT (Reading1)

You should sign up for this class shortly after you have taken the first SAT practice test.  We will begin with an in depth description of Test Prep for Success’ five “Success Strategies” for maximizing your reading comprehension score.  We will then review each passage in the practice test and make sure you understand how to identify the correct answers.  Please remember to bring your copy of the practice test and your score report to this class! (SAT Only)

Required Textbook: College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide

Recommended Homework: SAT Practice Test 2

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Reading Comprehension Success Strategies for the ACT (Reading2)

You should sign up for this class shortly after you have taken the first ACT practice test.  We will begin with an in depth description of Test Prep for Success’ five “Success Strategies” for maximizing your reading comprehension score.  We will then review each passage in the practice test and make sure you understand how to identify the correct answers.  Please remember to bring your copy of the practice test and your score report to this class! (ACT Only)

Required Textbook: The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

Recommended Homework: The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

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Reading Comprehension Question Types (Reading3)

On the ACT and SAT reading sections, some questions are about the passage as a whole, others are about a single word, and still others are about reading in between the lines.  We will begin this class by reviewing the reading comprehension Success Strategies, but we will then get into the nitty gritty of how to tailor your approach when working on specific types of questions.  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 707-723 (give yourself 13 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p 544-555 (give yourself 9 minutes per passage)

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Reading Comprehension Wrong Answer Types (Reading4)

Did you know that the SAT is written by evil geniuses who know exactly how to trick you? Ok, that’s not really true, but sometimes it feels that way!  In this class we will discuss how the three wrong answer choices are carefully crafted to look like they might be correct answers.  Once you know how these wrong answers are written, it’s a lot easier to spot them!  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 793-807 (Give yourself 13 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p 655-665 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage)

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SAT Specific Reading Passages (Reading5)

This class focuses on paired passages and founding documents.  These types of passages are included in the SAT, but not on the ACT.  (SAT only)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 877-892 (Give yourself 13 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p 763-744 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage)

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Success Strategies for the English Sections (English1)

We will start this class with an in depth description of TP4S’ Success Strategies for approaching the Writing and Language section.  We will then analyze the Writing and Language section from Practice Test 1 to get a feel for all the types of questions you will encounter and how to find the just right answers.  Make sure to bring your copy of Practice Test 1 and your score report! (SAT Only)

Required Textbook: College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide and/or The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

Recommended Homework: SAT Practice Test 2 and/or ACT Practice Test 2

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Commas, Semicolons, and Colons, Oh, My! (English2)

The topics we will discuss in this class are: all types of punctuation.  Wait, no!  You should never use a colon after a verb; you should use a colon instead of the verb.  By the way, that semicolon was used correctly.  Confused?  Sign up for this punctuation class.   (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 724-734 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p 505-521 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage)

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Rules about Nouns, Verbs, and Other Words (English3)

Do you struggle with weather to use who or whom? That or which?  Effect or affect?  This class will clear it up!  We will focus on grammar rules concerning single words, such as nouns, verbs, pronouns, modifiers, and transitions. (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 808-817 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p 615-634 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage)

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Sentence Structure (English4)

This class is all about how sentence structure is tested on the SAT and ACT.  We will teach the difference between independent clauses, dependent clauses, and phrases.  You will also learn how to spot run on sentences, fragments, and problems with parallelism.   (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 893-902 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p 723-740 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage)

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Style and Strategy (English5)

Topics in this class are what the SAT calls “style” and the ACT calls “rhetorical skills.”  They include tone, focus, organization, word choice, passive voice, wordiness, and redundancy.  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 974-985 (Give yourself 9 minutes per passage) and/or Barron’s ACT p196-209

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Success Strategies for Math (Math1)

This class will introduce Test Prep for Success’ five “Success Strategies” for the SAT and ACT math sections.  We will then take a close look at the math sections in SAT Practice Test 1 and ACT Practice Test 1.  Make sure to bring a copy of your practice test and mark the problems you want to ask the teacher about.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide and/or The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p. 419-422 and/or Barron’s ACT p 215-229

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Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Math2)

This class is a “must have” for all test takers, as these are some of the most commonly tested concepts on both the ACT and SAT.  We will give special attention to solving these problems using mental math, which is a critical skill for the SAT’s no calculator section.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: none

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 467-468 and p 477-479 and/or Barron’s ACT p 232-246 and p 251 (10 problems in 10 minutes)

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Rates, Ratios, and Proportions (Math3)

Car A leaves Allentown at 4:00 traveling 42 miles per hour due west… and brings you to Test Prep for Success where you will learn to confidently solve questions like these.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 492–493 and/or Barron’s ACT p 691-692

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Polynomials, Exponents, and Roots (Math4)

Learn how to simplify polynomials with a special focus on the rules of exponents.  We will also cover how to simplify square roots, including rationalizing the denominator.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: none

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 514-515 and p 695 and/or Barron’s ACT p 253-255, p 259-260, p 270-273, and p 275

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Solving Equations and Inequalities (Math5)

This class will start with a review of two step linear equations but will quickly progress to more challenging problems, including ones that require the quadratic formula.  We will also discuss what to do when there is a > or < instead of an =.  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 532-533 and/or Barron’s ACT p 256-258, p 263 (10 problems in 10 minutes), and p 266

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Word Problems (Math6)

Everyone’s favorite type of math problems!  Just kidding!  We know this is an area where many students struggle.  So, this class is completely dedicated to learning how to “unpack” a word problem and “match” it to a process you already know.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 544-546 and/or Barron’s ACT p 260-261, p 276 (10 problems in 10 minutes), and p 273-274

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Geometry (Math7)

This class is a two-hour review of high school geometry, specifically geared to how the topics are covered on the SAT and ACT.  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 557-558, p 574-576, p 589-590, p 601-602, and p 613-614 and/or Barron’s ACT p 279-300, p 301-306 (10 problems in 10 minutes)

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Data, Probability, and Sequences (Math8)

You have a bag with 12 red marbles, 19 blue marbles, and 47 green marbles.  Calculate the probability that you will lose your marbles when trying to solve these types of questions. If it’s higher than zero, this class will help!  (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 504-505, p 646-647, p 658-660, and p 668-669 and/or Barron’s ACT p 246-250 and p 274-275

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The Language of Functions (Math9)

Math has a language all its own, and never is this more apparent than when you are working with functions.  Problems that ask you to find the values of a function, maximums, minimums, roots, and intercepts are in this category.  Sometimes the hardest part of these problems is just understanding the questions.  This class will help you decode the questions so you can get to the answers.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 631-633, and p 678-679 and/or Barron’s ACT p 267-269 and p 307-321

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Trigonometry (Math10)

You don’t need a full class in trigonometry to do well on the ACT or SAT.  This class will present the trig topics that are covered on the tests, and leave out everything else.  We will cover the Pythagorean Theorem, sine, cosine, tangent, radians, and the unit circle.    (ACT and SAT)

Required Textbook: none

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT p 688 and/or Barron’s ACT p 327-331 and p 332 (10 problems in 10 minutes)

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SAT Essay Workshop (Essay1)

This two hour class shows you exactly what to expect on the SAT’s optional essay section and helps you understand how your essay will be scored.  As a class, we will analyze an essay with a high score to give you an idea of what your essay should look like.  Finally, you will have a chance to practice your skills by writing an SAT essay.  An essay score, including personalized recommendations for improvement, is included in the price of this class. (SAT only)

Required Textbook: Barron’s SAT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s SAT essay prompt on p 835

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ACT Essay Workshop (Essay2)

This two hour class shows you exactly what to expect on the ACT’s optional essay section, which is a slightly different assignment than what you will see on the SAT.  As a class, we will analyze an essay with a high score to give you an idea of what your essay should look like.  Finally, you will have a chance to practice your skills by writing an ACT essay.  An essay score, including personalized recommendations for improvement, is included in the price of this class. (ACT only)

Required Textbook: Barron’s ACT

Recommended Homework: Barron’s ACT essay prompt on p 684

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ACT Science

This two hour class introduces our list of our “Success Strategies” for the ACT’s science section.  Please bring your completed ACT Practice Test 1, because we will be taking an in depth look at the passages on that test.  (ACT only)

Required Textbook: The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017

Recommended Homework: Barron’s ACT p 556-572 (Give yourself 35 minutes)

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