By Dr. Wayne Adams

   Upcoming Test Dates in 2019: SAT on August 29 and September 26, and ACT on June 13, July 18, and September 12 .

   With Pinellas County starting to return to our “new normal”, many of us are in “transition back” mode. Some of my students continued “on-line” and are doing very well. Others paused to see what would happen and will be restarting soon.

For the ACT, most of my students plan to take the exam in June or July, with a backup if needed in early September. 

For the SAT, most of my students are planning to have classes over the summer for the SAT Exam in late August. Some will finish just before school starts. Others will finish just before the actual exam in late August. The high schools are currently scheduled to open for the fall as follows: Monday, August 10 (Hillsborough), and on Wednesday, August 12 (Pinellas and Pasco). If, for any reason an exam is postponed, their backup up the new SAT Exam on September 12. 

As always, if our target exam is postponed or canceled, we will have “refresher classes” so they are sharp when they take the actual exam.

Moving forward at this point, we can have classes on-line or on-site as before, or a hybrid. Most of my students prefer on-site, but we can easily adapt as needed.

During the past month, I have developed two more unique ways to help my students improve on both SAT and ACT Math. The first is to develop a memory association with something in their experience “non-math” and then associate a math formula, concept, or calculation with it. One student is using detailed background in basketball, and it has made a great difference in ability to remember and to score as this student is moving up from a baseline of under 500 on SAT math to the 600’s.

The second is “quick categorization” of math problems that comes in two forms. The first is recognizing the type of problem, and the second is immediately deciding to either do it at that time or to save it for later. One of my students recently made a strong jump from a 38 to a 31 in ACT math, but took far too long to complete the test. This student knew how to solve the problems, it just took to long. Following and practicing this approach will help finish the test with time to spare. This same student scores 33 – 35’s in the other three sections, so math is the “weakest” area we are intently working on.

Rising seniors will want to be prepared for the SAT and/or ACT and take an exam as soon in the fall as possible to see if they are happy with their scores or need to keep working.

Rising juniors will want to have an idea of their scoring levels, and be prepared for the PSAT in mid-October which is the only qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarships. 

And I have many rising sophomores who are already preparing for these exams to hit their maximum scores for their “dream schools” in the future.  

   In closing, I am also answering many questions from students and parents about what may be coming after we return to some kind of normalcy. You know that my goal is to help my students and their families to have their best possible futures, which includes doing their best on the exams. I am always glad to be a resource to help as much as I can.

If You Would Like To Talk More About Your Student … Please contact me at 727-253-0639 or send me an email at wwa0811@mykolab.com.

   Dr. Wayne Adams is one of the leading SAT and ACT tutors in the country.  His students normally improve 200 – 350 points on the Writing, Reading, Writing and Essay, and Math, and 4 – 7 points on the ACT composite. They have been admitted to eight of the top ten universities in the country, eighteen of the top twenty-five, and many schools in Florida. These schools include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, U Chicago, Duke, U Penn, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Notre Dame, Emory, UC Berkley, UCLA, USC, UNC (Chapel Hill), Wake Forest,NYU, Northeastern (Boston), Boston College, Georgia Tech, Service Academies: Navy – Air Force – and Merchant Marine – Penn State, LSU, Auburn, UF, U Miami, FSU, USF, UCF, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, FIU, New College of Florida, Stetson, and  Julliard – Manhattan – New England – and Berklee Conservatories of Music. Many have received academic, athletic, or music scholarships. This year, he also tutored three juniors who scored at the national merit finalist/semi-finalist levels on the most recent PSAT. He is a former Dean of a Graduate School of Business and Full Professor, and began college teaching at the University of Maryland in 1968. He has degrees and advanced studies at Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, Columbia International, and Luther Rice.