Chris Ryan ’87 returned to Archmere on April 23rd to share his testing wisdom with Archmere students and families. Chris operates Manhattan Prep a subsidiary of Kaplan that specializes in SAT, GMAT and GRE preparation, and soon will be offering assistance for the ACT.
Chris’ presentation can be here. He focused some of his time on the types of questions generally asked about testing strategies, but many of his recommendations for preparation were philosophical and psychological. He recommended taking practice tests, reviewed the differences between the ACT and SAT, recommended Quizlet, talked about employing energy where points can be gained, shared how to dissect test results and extract insights, and making a game plan. At the same time he discussed things to do if you decide not doing test prep: “Read, Read A Lot, Mostly Good Stuff” – such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nonfiction articles and books; he also recommended writing and looking up words (saying them out loud helps you remember!), to relax-refresh-rejuvenate over the summer, and striking a mental balance. He discussed that moving around during test breaks is extremely important, as is getting sugar and nourishment. Chris encouraged students to be optimists and preached that intelligence is malleable.
An introduction to the changes in the SAT Reasoning Test was provided and testing strategies for the class of 2017 where discussed. The new SATs are moving more toward an ACT test. Here are a few slide comparisons provided:
Chris is offering two services to assist students with test preparation, one free, one at a fee. The first is a diagnostic test to assist students in attempting to decide which test, the ACT or SAT, might better suit a student. This test can be found here. This is the free service! The second service is a one week SAT Boot Camp offered at Archmere from August 9th to 13th. There are 15 spots available and the cost is $1250. Online registration is available now. The Boot Camp would be geared toward students taking the “old” SAT, which will be offered for the last time in January 2016. Anyone family choosing not to register because they feel the cost would provide an extreme hardship should see their college counselor.
The Workshop ended with a YouTube video containing an outstanding message – failure isn’t the end, it’s part of a learning and growth process. Learning, advancing, and improving is a process. We don’t start at anything as a finished product. Good luck on the tests and please stop in College Counseling if you have any questions!
College Counseling’s guide sheet to the new/old SATs was previous shared with all students and families, however, if you’d like to access it again you can find it here.