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New SAT Test Format - Math Focus

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There is now an emphasis of STEM on the mainstream college entrance exams for both the ACT and the SAT.


I am shocked by the emphasis of math on the new SAT test. Math will now comprise over 50% of the test. The new scoring format is 800 for Critical Reading and 800 for Math. However, there is a new "math skill" component in the reading section. Students will now need to interpret chart data on a natural science reading section and a social science reading section. Thus, the overall score on the new SAT test is comprised of more than 50% math skills. This will be disappointing news to English Language Arts students. In the past, they were able to achieve their desired score with moderate to low math skills.


2014 Best of Southlake Award

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Press Release

For Immediate Release


TestElite College Prep Receives 2014 Best of Southlake Award

SOUTHLAKE December 2, 2014 -- TestElite College Prep has been selected for the 2014 Best of Southlake Award in the Schools & Instruction category by the Southlake Award Program.


Each year, the Southlake Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Southlake area a great place to live, work and play.


Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Southlake Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Southlake Award Program and data provided by third parties.


The Southlake Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Southlake area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.


The Southlake Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


SOURCE: Southlake Award Program



The ACT vs. The SAT - Which Should You Take?

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

There a few things that you need to consider before you make your decision. To get started you need to look at your three PSAT scores (critical reading, math and writing) and your Selection Index (SI), which is the sum of all three PSAT sections. You then take your SI and add a zero to the end to make it four digits.


The general rule is that if your total PSAT score is below 1500 and your math score is strong, then you will want to take the ACT. If your total PSAT score is over 1500 and your score in language arts is strong, then you would prepare to take the SAT.


There are some exceptions, though. Let’s say your total PSAT score is below 1500, but your math score is low, then you may want to look into taking the SAT. If your total PSAT score is over 1500, but your critical reading score is low, then you may want to consider taking the ACT.


Most will agree that the ACT is generally easier overall. It is also usually recommended for those students who suffer from testing anxiety. It is important to note that you are not penalized for wrong answers or guessing when taking the ACT test.


Besides looking at your academic strengths, you will also want to consider college preferences. If a school on your list prefers one test over the other by accepting an extremely low score on one test versus the other test then it’s essential for you to focus your efforts accordingly. If you haven’t narrowed your college search, then you’ll want to focus on the test that will allow you to excel most & accentuate your skills.


World Autism Awareness Day

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Those working with students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will recognize the positive impact that structure and organization in daily lives can have on students' sense of security, safety and behavior. Most educators will recognize the value of visual supports for a wide range of students and, when supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, symbols can aid understanding, expression and reduce anxiety.

Dean Scholarship - TCU Honors

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Senior Accepted with $18K Dean Scholarship to TCU Honors!


Former TestElite student and Southlake Carroll Senior, Craig Miller, has earned the TCU Dean’s Scholarship of $18,000 annually and will be attending TCU as an honors student. Mom Cindy says that “it’s all thanks to his ACT score and GPA.” Craig recounts, “I improved my overall ACT composite score by five points on my second try with a 34 in Math and a 33 in Science. Thank you Bobbie and TestElite College Prep!”


By attending TCU, Craig continues a proud family tradition, following his father and uncle’s footsteps. Mom says “this school is the perfect fit for him both academically and in spirit . . . we’re all bleeding purple over here! Way to go Frogs!” Through the honors program, Craig will be paired up with his college professors to do research during his last years at TCU. His major of choice is Finance, possibly followed up by an MBA or a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.


Craig is a Southlake resident and the son of Cindy and Blake Miller. His extra-curricular activities include Play it Forward, Scholars & Athletes Serving Others (SASO), Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALs), National Honors Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars. “We will miss him while he’s away, but we couldn’t be happier with Craig’s college choice!”