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The ASI Difference

The ASI Method

ISSUE
The SAT/ACT are not intelligence tests or content tests. They are testing the student’s ability to read the question, understand what the question is asking, find the CLUE in the question that indicates what they want answered and then find the match in the answer choices to that CLUE. The SAT/ACT are both very repetitious tests. They just ask only a few types of questions, over and over. The problem is, students answer one question, but fail to recognize the 4 or 5 other times when the very same type of question is asked -­ the very same content is required.
SOLUTION

ASI focus is on teaching test taking skills rather than content. The teachers at your school have already taught them the content that is needed on this test. They miss questions because they fail to recognize what content is required to solve that particular question.

ASI focuses on the question and being able to recognize each and Every time that same type of question is asked. Since the SAT/ACT are not critical thinking tests but rather reasoning tests, ASI focuses on Standardized versus Critical Thinking Testing – ­how to find the CLUES in the question on a standardized test that identify that type of question. Once the student has recognized the CLUE, he/she is shown how to quickly find the match to that CLUE in the answer choices. This prevents the “overthinking” that is common for students who are used to critical thinking tests. Then the student is shown the “instant” start for solving that question.

 

Course Timing Difference

ISSUE
Other core courses that claim they are 30 -­ 40 hours long are actually only 16 – 18 hours of actual course instruction. The rest of the hours are used for testing and scoring. And many times the practice test times are an add-on cost. Such course hours require a 6 -­ 8 week commitment or 2 -­3 month commitment.

SOLUTION

The ASI course is an intense two weekend program that only needs 22 hours4 days to teach EVERYTHING that is needed to know how to take the SAT/ACT and how to maximize the score. Once the student knows the ‘what’ and ‘how’, he/she can practice at his/her own time and pace and not necessitate an extra fee and inconvenient time schedules.

 

Student Support

ISSUE
Statistics show ninety-one percent of self-taught, online students never complete the course. There is no teacher feedback and reinforcement. Other instructor-led courses offer interaction, but one-on-one tutoring costs an optional extra fee. After completion of other programs, students have nowhere to go with problems they have while practicing before test day.

SOLUTION

ASI’s certified teachers are experienced in how to keep the students engaged and motivated in a familiar classroom environment. We offer one-on-one instructor tutoring outside of class hours inclusive and at no additional cost. When students start practicing on their own, they aren’t just left with an answer key. ASI provides them with detailed explanations for applying the ASI method to each problem. If they have any further questions, they have the ability to contact an ASI teacher after the course is over. All ASI students also have the option to sit in on the next scheduled course free of charge.

ISSUE
Other core courses that claim they are 30 -­ 40 hours long are actually only 16 – 18 hours of actual course instruction. The rest of the hours are used for testing and scoring. And many times the practice test times are an add-on cost. Such course hours require a 6 -­ 8 week commitment or 2 -­3 month commitment.

SOLUTION

All content needed for the SAT and the ACT has already been taught by your teachers by the time you are ready to take this prep course. We do not need to teach content, only show what content these tests question. ASI needs only to teach how to recognize and apply the test taking skills that are needed to solve the questions correctly. Therefore, the ASI course is an intense two weekend program that ONLY needs 22 hours -­ 4 days to teach EVERYTHING that is needed to know how to take the SAT/ACT and how to maximize the score. Once the student knows the ‘what’ and ‘how’, he/she can practice at his/her own time and pace and not necessitate an extra fee and inconvenient time schedules. In case someone needs additional help, he or she can take the course one more time, free of cost.

 

ISSUE
Many students are undecided about which test, the ACT or the SAT, will be required or will give them the best scores. Other courses offer courses for just the SAT OR the ACT. The instruction is separate for each test and schedules are different for each test. This means that if students want to prepare for the possibility of taking both the ACT and the SAT, they will have to purchase and pay for each test preparation course separately – doubling the cost.

SOLUTION

Both the SAT and the ACT are two competitive standardized tests. They both test and measure the same skills – the ability to read a question in English, understand what the question is asking, and reason what is needed to answer the question correctly. In 2015, the SAT made changes in the structure of the SAT to make it more like the ACT. The structures of the two tests are now very similar except for a few minor differences – biggest difference being a science section on the ACT only. (However this section is really not measuring science knowledge but the ability to read graphs and charts and answer questions based on these. This type of question is also asked on the SAT, but disbursed throughout the SAT test and not in a designated science section.) Now they are not only alike in testing and measuring reasoning skills; they are more similar in structure. One prepares for both in exactly the same way. That means if one prepares for SAT, one is also preparing automatically for the ACT as well.

For this reason, ASI does not prepare for just the SAT or prepare for just the ACT. We teach instead how to take a standardized test – in particular, the SAT and the ACT, which are both examples of the standardized test. Preparation for taking a standardized test automatically includes both of these tests because they are the same type of standardized testing. We do not feel that these two tests needs to be separated out or taught separately. We teach strategies that cover both. We may use an example from one test, but that same kind of question will be on the other test as well since they are testing and measuring the same reasoning skills. If one is taking the SAT but practices an ACT question, it is still practice for the same type of question that will be on the SAT – and visa versa.

ISSUE
Other courses make up their own practice tests and questions. These may not reflect the exact types of questions used on the SAT/ACT test.

SOLUTION

ASI gives out and uses the actual SAT Official Study Guide published by the College Board and the official ACT Prep Guide. Students are practicing with actual tests with actual test questions. Not only are they getting practice reading and solving actual test questions, they are also confirming how the ASI method solves ALL types of actual test questions on either test quickly and easily.