Introducing Mindprint Learning Assessments
We are exciting to announce that Inspiring Test Preparation is now offering Mindprint assessments to determine the best approach to preparing students for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
WHAT IS MINDPRINT?
Mindprint is a self-paced online cognitive assessment. It was developed by scientists at Penn Medicine with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. It measures the ten cognitive skills most closely correlated to success in academics and on standardized tests. The Mindprint report give tutors insights into the unique learning needs of each of their students and allows them to customize their instruction to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of student outcomes. A practice test will tell you what a student got wrong; Mindprint will tell why and what you can do about it.
Mindprint Test Prep Reports are specifically designed to support students and tutors who are prepping for the SAT and ACT. The reports will tell you whether a student has a cognitive affinity for one test over the other and by how much. They will project potential scoring ranges for each test and each section and provide a worksheet to help tutors identify the areas of greatest potential improvement. They also map suggested test prep and learning strategies to each individual student’s unique strengths.
We are so persuaded that Mindprint will help us help you test more effectively, that we are, for a short time, offering the $199 assessment at a price of $145.
You will get Mindprint’s report and a private consultation with Kate Dalby to discuss the report and how we can help achieve better test results for your student. There is no obligation for future services. If you purchase a flex prep package, you will get a $145 rebate on that purchase.
To purchase an assessment,
click here. Enter student’s birth month & year in note to business.
You will receive a testing link within 24-48 hours. Text Kate at 703-203-5796 if you don’t get a link.
What are the SAT Question and Answer Service and ACT Test Information Release?
From time to time students will be confused by their performance on their SAT or ACT. They will say: “I don’t understand why my English score dropped”, or “I thought I aced the math, what happened”?
To better understand test performance, both College Board and ACT provide a service that allows you to purchase a copy of the test you took. This service is not available for all test dates, but in 2020-21, SAT is releasing the tests for October, March and May, and ACT is releasing the tests for December, April, and June.
Both services provide you a clean copy of the test, your answers, and the correct answers. I highly recommend you order the test if you wish to do further test preparation. This can be done when you register for your test or after you get your scores. You have up to five months after your test date to order the SAT; you have six months to order the ACT.
The name of College Board’s service is the Question and Answer Service. (Do not confuse this with the Answer Verification Service available for all test dates and described on the same page). Click here to find out more.
The equivalent product from ACT is called the Test Information Release. To order your ACT test, click this link for further instructions.
For insight on why scores can fluctuate, read this article that discusses variability in the ACT Science scores.
For questions, write Kate Dalby at firstname.lastname@example.org
Score Results for 2020 Are Coming In
Wow. What a crazy year it has been.
We started the new year moving from our McLean, VA office to a new location in Vienna, VA. We were so excited to be in a new space near so many of our clients; it was such a promising beginning . . . then Covid hit. Bam! We went from 60 to 0 over night. Students’ SAT and ACT test dates were cancelled, we were locked down (eventually closing our office) and all we could safely do was go online to tutor. Even though we have tutored remotely in the past with great results, we weren’t sure if our success would hold up under large numbers of students. By June we were getting pretty busy and this is the first chance to catch our breath and assess our results. If you haven’t reported your scores, we would love to hear from you.
The following are profiles of students and their results:
- BZ, ’21, prepped in the spring SAT before covid. Raised scores 170 pts to a super score of 790v 780m.
- CJ ’22 took a couple of SAT lessons online and raised scores 80 pts to 790v 800m.
- GC ’22 started at an SAT of 590v 650m raised scores 210 pts. to 700v 750m. Only half way through online flex prep – plans to retest in spring.
- KC’21 took SAT flex prep online and raised scores from 1270 to 1430 (160 pt. gain.)
- MS’21 took summer SAT flex prep online and got 220 pt gain for a 1490 combined.
- MP’21 raised SAT scores 130 pts to 1560.
- OJ’21 went from 630v 530m SAT to 650v 680m (170 gain) plans to retest.
- RH’21 raised SAT scores 150 pts from 570v560m to 610v 670m.
- AS’21 prepped in person. Started at 450v 380m scored 510v 490m on Sept SAT. Gain: 170.
- SR ’21 prepped in person. Started at a 990 SAT, scored 1120, gained 130.
- SM’22 online went from 1180 to 1360 SAT for a 180 pt. gain.
- TB’21 online scored a 1570 SAT for a 130 pt. gain.
- TJ’21 started at 750v 720m SAT, scored a 790v760m (80 pt. gain).
- VJ ’21 560v 640m SAT to 670v 710m; 180 pt. gain.
- VP’21 went up 190 pts to a 590v 530m SAT. Plans to retest.
- MZ’22 with online ACT flex prep raised composite scores from 27 to 30. Last four practice tests were 34 so advised to retest.
- BA’22 took online ACT summer flex prep and raised her composite from 30 to 34.
- FA’21 took ACT prep in person last year starting with a 21 composite, took a test Dec 19 and got a 25, and retested in Oct’20 scoring a 31 composite. That’s a 10 pt. gain. Persistence pays off.
- MR’22 took SAT prep in person got a 70 pt. gain for a 1330. Best practice was 1460, so we recommend retest.
- FQ’21 took SAT prep in person and got a 260 pt. gain raising scores to 1390.
- AA’21 worked really hard to raise a 21 to a 28 in practice. She scored 23 on the fall ACT and plans to retest.
- HD’22 raised SAT scores 80 pts. to a 1510 after 2,5 hours of online prep.
- SS’21 started with a 31 ACT and raised her score to 35. (4 pt. gain.)
- NN’22 was unhappy with scores and would not report or respond to our follow up calls.
- WA’21 raised his ACT scores with flex prep going from a 27 to a 34, then a 35 the next month. He really put in the hours for a 8 pt. gain.
- VM’22 reports he got a 34 composite on his Oct ’20 ACT, up from a 30 composite on his diagnostic test.
- Just heard from online prepper GC ’22 today, November 20,2020. He got a 750v800m. His PSAT last year was a 590v650m (320 point gain). Pretty impressive improvement.
- SH ’22 finally got back to me with her scores. She went from an 18 to a 26 composite after in person test prep. Recommendation: retest because she super scored 30 in practice.
- SS ’22 prepared for the SAT online: she started with a 630V/660M and scored 700V/730M on the November 2020 test (140 point gain).
Average SAT gain of 170 points for 16 testers (excludes three high scorers who did not do a full preparation ie: CJ, TJ, HD). Range is 70 to 320 points. Two modes: 130 and 170.
Average ACT gain of 5.4 points for 8 testers. Range is 2 to 10 points. Mode is 4 points.
We have about 10 outstanding scores. When we get those values, we will update the statistics; however, these results are fairly typical. We are delighted to see that scores have not suffered with the advent of online tutoring.
Curious how we can help? Click the link to set up a free consultation.
Why Do My ACT Scores Fluctuate So Much?
Recently I received an inquiry about test preparation from a parent who said her daughter (not a student of mine) had scored a 32 composite the previous fall on the ACT. She was frustrated because the science sub score was only a 29, yet she had been scoring as high as a 36 in practice. Part of her problem on the real test was timing.