I am often asked by parents and students for guidance in navigating the test prep waters. As a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test, I have seen a little of everything in my twelve plus years in test prep—and 22 years in the high school English classroom. One thing I am often asked about is the calculator policy for each test.
For the ACT test, click here: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT-calculator-policy.pdf
For the SAT test, click here: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/what-to-bring-do/calculator-policy
Once you click the link above and select a calculator that is allowed, PLEASE make sure your student is familiar with that calculator. One suggestion is to work through at least 10-15 practice problems using the calculator. Just because your neighbor or friend did well with a certain calculator does not mean your student will have the same success without practicing.
Jen Henson ( a.k.a “The GOAL DIGGER”) is a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test. Jen, who was Winton Woods City School’s (OH) Teacher of the Year in 2014, holds a Master of Education degree with a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University—where she was a walk-on tennis player. She’s taught 21 years and coached ACT prep for over 9 years– and has an army of teachers trained to assist her requests for tutorials. Her former ACT students now attend notable higher learning institutions, including Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Texas A&M, The Naval Academy, and the University of Kentucky—among others. Jen has assisted students from California to Connecticut—and states in between—to reach their personal ACT goals. No score is too low or too high, as she has doubled the scores of students starting at the low end, in addition to helping initially higher scoring students achieve the coveted 36 on every section of the test. Two young men playing D1 football had a composite score of a 9 originally, and scored 18 and 20 (respectively) after working with her. Two of her former clients now have NFL experience, 2 are in the MLB program, and one is a WNBA standout.