Many test prep companies focus on “tips & tricks” to game the test. At Academic Approach, we think of tips & tricks as a small part of a much larger critical thinking toolkit. While they have some value and can support quick growth, that growth will be limited without being accompanied by content knowledge and skills.
We think the best approach is a combination of strategy and knowledge. Our methodology engages students in rigorous coursework that builds a bridge between what they’re learning in the classroom with curriculum commonly found on tests. The result of this approach is both a growth in the student’s mastery of the various skills assessed on an exam as well as a lasting increase in academic knowledge that leads to better in-school performance. Standardized tests can present valuable opportunities to learn skills that are essential for college readiness.