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www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Empowering URMStudents forACTSAT&
• Founded in 2003 with focus on diversity andequalizing access• Based in NYC with programs in Atl, DC, LA,Online• Speciali...
• Over 90% of our students are URM• Our institutional clients are school districts,universities, non-profit organizations,...
akil@bellcurves.comAkil BelloBell Curves | Founder• 20+ years Test PreparationExperience• 10 years Focused on Under-repres...
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www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013SAT Scores by EthnicityMath: 428CR: 428W: 417Math: 448CR: 465W: 443Math: 535CR: 527W: ...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 Lack of content knowledge Lack of test savvy (practice,comfort, strategy, stamina)...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 Specific instructions Familiar wording1. Expand the followingpolynomial and then si...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 20131. What aspect of ManchuPicchu contributed to theromanticizing of exploration? Direct...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 20131. The words “magical elixir” (line 7)primarily emphasize the(A) motivation for an exp...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Lack of Test SavvyChallenges to testing successAB1. In the figure above, what is thele...
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www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Options and effectiveness varies greatlyTest Prep Familiarization (practice tests,wor...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Test prep courses vary greatlyTest Prep OptionsCompany A Company B Company CHours 24 1...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Results vary and programs require timeScore results vary
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www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013How to support students Be able to recommend vettedtools
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Not all SAT questions are created equalSAT Question?Because of her reputation as a ---...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013How to support students Be able to recommend vettedtools Remind them of procedures ...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 © Bell Curves 2013
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Ways to lead the prep team Build confidence Understand scoring & pacing Know the di...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Know the differencesACT SATAlgebra  Arithmetic  Geometry  Trigonometry 4question...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Know the differencesACT SATReadingComprehension  Vocabulary Grammar  Written Essa...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013What’s ACT Science?
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www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Ways to support effective prep Build confidence Understand scoring & pacing Know th...
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Good practice tests are available
www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Know the resources
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SAT and ACT Grammar
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Npea April 2013 empowering URMs on SAT/ACT

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A presentation providing advice and guidance for those working with Underrepresented Minorities and Low income students on SAT and ACT.

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Npea April 2013 empowering URMs on SAT/ACT

  1. 1. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Empowering URMStudents forACTSAT&
  2. 2. • Founded in 2003 with focus on diversity andequalizing access• Based in NYC with programs in Atl, DC, LA,Online• Specializes in admission tests (ACT, GMAT,GRE, SAT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, etc)Tweet with us: @bellcurvesBell CurvesCourses and TutoringLA – ATL – DC – NYCLike us on Facebook
  3. 3. • Over 90% of our students are URM• Our institutional clients are school districts,universities, non-profit organizations, publicschools, charter schools, and individualfamilies.• Selected partners: NY Needs You, Mellon MaysFoundation, Armory Track Foundation, OliverScholars Program, A Better Chance, Bronx PrepCharter School, Syracuse U, Yale UTweet with us: @bellcurvesBell CurvesCourses and TutoringLA – ATL – DC – NYCLike us on Facebook
  4. 4. akil@bellcurves.comAkil BelloBell Curves | Founder• 20+ years Test PreparationExperience• 10 years Focused on Under-represented Minorities• Teacher, Trainer, Presenter, Father
  5. 5. © Bell Curves 2013
  6. 6. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013SAT Scores by EthnicityMath: 428CR: 428W: 417Math: 448CR: 465W: 443Math: 535CR: 527W: 517
  7. 7. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 Lack of content knowledge Lack of test savvy (practice,comfort, strategy, stamina) Inability to adapt habits Over-reliance on externalsupportChallenges to testing success
  8. 8. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 Specific instructions Familiar wording1. Expand the followingpolynomial and then simplifythe equation:3(10x + 5y) + 5 = 652. What is the value of 10x + 5y, if3(10x + 5y) + 5= 172 ?(A) 167(B) 122(C) 55.66(D) 11.13(E) 0.37 Lack of instruction Reasoning and calculation Unfamiliar structureInaccurate expections and lack of familiarityChallenges to testing success
  9. 9. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 20131. What aspect of ManchuPicchu contributed to theromanticizing of exploration? Direct questions onknown content Familiar wording andstructureHabits that are counter to test philosophyChallenges to testing successIn the summer of 1911, the explorerHiram Bingham bushwhacked his way toa high ridge in the Andes of Peru andbeheld a dreamscape out of the past.There, set against looming peakscloaked in snow and wreathed in clouds,was Machu Picchu, the famous “lost city”of the Incas. This expression,popularized by Bingham, served as amagical elixir for rundown imaginations.The words evoked the romanticism ofexploration and archaeology at the time.But finding Machu Picchu was easierthan solving the mystery of its place inthe rich and powerful Inca empire. Theimposing architecture attested to the skilland audacity of the Incas. But who hadlived at this isolated site and for whatpurpose?
  10. 10. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 20131. The words “magical elixir” (line 7)primarily emphasize the(A) motivation for an expedition(B) captivating power of a phrase(C) inspiration behind a discovery(D) creative dimension ofarchaeology(E) complexity of an expression Answers contingent on vocabulary Wrong (trap?) answers anticipate mistakesLack of content knowledgeChallenges to testing success
  11. 11. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Lack of Test SavvyChallenges to testing successAB1. In the figure above, what is thelength of hypotenuse BC?ABCC342. In the figure above, what is thelength of side AC, if AB is 3 andBC is 5?(A) 4(B) 5(C) 7(D) 12(E) 25
  12. 12. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013© Bell Curves 2013
  13. 13. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Options and effectiveness varies greatlyTest Prep Familiarization (practice tests,workshops) Practice/Review (5 – 12 hours) Preparation (24+ hours) Mastery (40+ hours)
  14. 14. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Test prep courses vary greatlyTest Prep OptionsCompany A Company B Company CHours 24 18 18Tests 3 4 4Materials Proprietary Proprietary Barron’s &CB Official GuideStudents 20 25 25Costs $6,000 $6,250 $5,250
  15. 15. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Results vary and programs require timeScore results vary
  16. 16. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 © Bell Curves 2013
  17. 17. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013How to support students Be able to recommend vettedtools
  18. 18. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Not all SAT questions are created equalSAT Question?Because of her reputation as a -------,few in her field would consult her if theywanted an honest criticism that wouldhelp them improve upon theirweaknesses.(A) sycophant(B) nihilist(C) pragmatist(D) pundit(E) sage
  19. 19. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013How to support students Be able to recommend vettedtools Remind them of procedures Be part of their prep team Hold them to deadlines Manage expectations Intervene with parents andschool
  20. 20. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 © Bell Curves 2013
  21. 21. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Ways to lead the prep team Build confidence Understand scoring & pacing Know the differences
  22. 22. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Know the differencesACT SATAlgebra  Arithmetic  Geometry  Trigonometry 4questions0Questions
  23. 23. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Know the differencesACT SATReadingComprehension  Vocabulary Grammar  Written EssayOptional(SeparatelyScored)Required(Part ofWriting)Science ?
  24. 24. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013What’s ACT Science?
  25. 25. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013What’s ACT Science?
  26. 26. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Ways to support effective prep Build confidence Understand scoring & pacing Know the differences Be the planner Know the resources Engage underlying skills
  27. 27. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Good practice tests are available
  28. 28. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013Know the resources
  29. 29. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013There is no SAT vocabularyEngage Underlying Skills
  30. 30. SAT and ACT Grammar
  31. 31. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 © Bell Curves 2013
  32. 32. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013www.sat.collegeboard.org – QOTD, testwww.actstudent.org – QOTD, testwww.freerice.comwww.dictionary.com/worddynamowww.vocabulary.com – headlineswww.pwnthesat.com – blog, Q&Awww.sat.bellcurves.com - blogOnline resources
  33. 33. www.bellcurves.com© Bell Curves 2013 © Bell Curves 2013
  34. 34. Bell CurvesClasses and Preparation ResourcesAkil Belloakil@bellcurves.comGo ahead, test me.

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