The PSAT/NMSQT Test: Why It Matters

The PSAT/NMSQT Test: Why It Matters

When it comes to prepping for the SAT, most students and parents view the PSAT, or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, as a simple test-run of moderate importance. However, the PSAT—and your student’s results—wields more influence than you might realize. Though available to students in both their sophomore and junior years, the stakes get higher during 11th grade, when PSAT results hold weight.

Here are a few key ways in which the PSAT goes beyond its role as a simple “practice” test.

Special Accommodations for the SAT and ACT

Special Accommodations for the SAT and ACT

Students who receive extra time for tests in school may also be eligible for extended time on standardized tests from ACT and/or College Board (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, and AP exams). Some common reasons to qualify are ADHD, dyslexia or other learning issues or medical conditions. ACT or College Board may also approve students to take tests with extended time over multiple days, sometimes over multiple weeks. To protect students’ privacy, they do not disclose information about accommodations when reporting scores to colleges or scholarship programs.

Celebrating Ten Years of Vogel Prep!

Celebrating Ten Years of Vogel Prep!

Has it really been ten years? It seems like only yesterday that we set out to equip students with the tools necessary to realize their potential by creating the most personalized tutoring service in the Valley, but it’s true—we started this business in the summer of 2008, and it’s with a combination of pride, exhilaration, humility, and gratitude that we look back at our first decade serving Arizona students and recall the hard work that it took to get here. But hard work is far from the whole story.

Q-Read: Quality Reading

Q-Read: Quality Reading

Is your student a struggling reader?  A reluctant reader? A middle school student nervous about high school reading requirements?  Or a high school student concerned about the challenges of the reading passages on the ACT or SAT tests? Perhaps a future college student concerned about the imminent load?

Vogel’s unique Q-Read: Quality Reading was designed by expert teachers to help middle and high school students improve reading speed and comprehension and develop the skills needed to successfully handle both classroom reading and reading test requirements.

SAT/ACT Decisions: Should I Complete “The Essay”?

SAT/ACT Decisions: Should I Complete “The Essay”?

Any student preparing for SAT or ACT testing has an important decision to make: Should I complete the optional essay portion of the exam? In most cases, yes! With the right preparation, and a little practice, the essay task will go from daunting to doable.

Boot Camp: Get Ready, Get Set, Succeed

Boot Camp:  Get Ready, Get Set, Succeed

ACT or SAT Boot Camp: Sound intense? It is, but it’s also an excellent option for busy high school students. If heavy homework loads or extracurricular activities make it difficult to schedule test prep during the school year, Vogel Prep’s summer Boot Camp is the answer.

SAT Subject Tests: Five Tips

SAT Subject Tests: Five Tips

Subject Tests are one-hour tests that are designed to assess academic readiness for college. SAT Subject Tests focus on very specific subject areas such as Math (Level 1 or 2), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, United States History, World History, Spanish and more. While SAT Subject Tests are often seen as tests for only those applying for admission to elite universities, every student wanting to go to a four-year college could benefit by taking at least three SAT Subject Tests. Why? Because there is no downside and lots of upside.

4 Easy Steps to Better Essay Scores on AP Exams

4 Easy Steps to Better Essay Scores on AP Exams

Looking forward to writing essays for the upcoming AP Exams? You are among the few!

For the majority of students, essay writing is one of the most dreaded aspects of the AP Exams. Unfortunately, the pressure doesn’t end there. Essay writing is a fundamental component of academic life in college. Whether you like it or not, the beloved essay, along with the requirement for you to write one, isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Writing Skills: Why They Matter in the Digital Age

Writing Skills: Why They Matter in the Digital Age

While the history of written language is subject to debate, its significance to humanity is absolutely clear. Writing has played a vital role in modern human development and progress. As an essential component in human communication, written language allows a writer to preserve and transmit a message throughout time and space. The reader, then, is afforded greater opportunity to contemplate the message, internalize it, and formulate a response.

What Causes Mind Blanks During Exams?

What Causes Mind Blanks During Exams?

Situation with high stakes - like and ACT or SAT Test can trigger a hot cognition process. This type of thinking is loaded with emotional thinking, students sometimes perceive such an exam as a threat.  The perceived threat, triggers a stress response, working memory is wiped clean, recall mechanisms are disrupted, and emotionally laden hot cognition overrides the normally rational cold cognition. Taken together, this process leads to a mind blank, making logical cognitive activity difficult to undertake.

A Simple, Powerful Cognitive Approach

A Simple, Powerful Cognitive Approach

Vogel Prep’s unique Cognitive Learning and Study Skills System.  Designed to teach students how to be active learners rather than passive receivers of information, the program is simple, yet powerful.  It starts with a MindPrint Assessment and is followed by personalized plan based on your student's profile.

Selecting High School Classes Wisely

Selecting High School Classes Wisely

Selecting the high school courses that will best enhance a college application should not be done haphazardly, or hastily. As the college admissions process becomes ever more competitive, students need to be mindful of what will ultimately wind up on their transcripts.   Here we’ve provided a how-to guide for making smart decisions about which high school classes need to be taken.

AP courses and exams in college admissions process!

AP courses and exams in college admissions process!

According to a recent study by The Washington Post, 16.1% of students in Arizona took an AP course and scored a 3 or higher in their final AP exam. On a national level, 22.4% of all public high school students scored a 3 or higher on their respective AP exams. By the numbers, a successful showing in an AP exam most certainly sets a student apart from the pack. By scoring a 3 or higher in just one AP exam, a student has a distinct advantage over 77.6% of students nationally.

6 Reasons Students Need to take SAT Subject Tests

6 Reasons Students Need to take SAT Subject Tests

With over 20 different options of SAT Subjects Tests, it may seem like a daunting prospect to try to determine which subjects a student should take. Try not to get overwhelmed. First, consider your academic strengths. Do you have a knack for history? A special capability when it comes to chemistry? Choose the subjects that you both enjoy, and that you excel in, as potential SAT Subject Tests to take.

Which Schools Require SAT Subject Tests?

Which Schools Require SAT Subject Tests?

When it comes time to determine which SAT Subject Tests high school students should take, it’s always a good idea to confirm which tests are required or recommended by specific colleges.  In some cases, universities have strict requirements about the number of Subject SAT Tests that must be taken.  Other colleges require specific SAT Subject Tests that must be taken. Still other universities may require SAT Subject Tests, but don’t mandate the specific subjects.  Finally, there are also schools that will accept SAT Subject Tests, if they benefit an applicant, irrespective of the subject.

Considering a Private College Counselor?

Considering a Private College Counselor?

Today, private college counselors play an integral role in helping students navigate the seemingly daunting task of applying to college in an increasingly competitive educational landscape.  Here are four reasons to consider engaging the services of a private college counselor to help you and your child through this process.

Test Prep…Timing and Balance Matter!

Test Prep…Timing and Balance Matter!

Avoid cramming for any significant test it is advisable that students begin their test prep in earnest approximately 6-12 months ahead of their planned exam.  For example, since most students will take the ACT or the SAT in their junior year, it’s beneficial to begin studying during the summer between 10th and 11th grade.   Enlisting the services of an experienced test prep tutor the summer before your child’s junior year is an investment no parent will regret.  By embarking on valuable test prep sessions long before the actual exam date, students feel less stress, and are therefore able to devote their full attention to the material being reviewed.

Nutrition Is Important Before an SAT or ACT

Nutrition Is Important Before an SAT or ACT

When it comes to prepping for the ACT or SAT, plenty of teachers and parents emphasize the importance of test prep, practice tests, and quality study habits. Though they’re certainly not wrong, it’s just as important to remember to treat your body right in preparation for high-pressure exams like the SAT or ACT. After all, your mind is an organ at home in your body, so proper nutrition goes a long way to boost your brain before the big day. How can students take advantage of the power of brain food?