SAT vs. ACT Real Truth

SAT vs. ACT Real TruthSAT vs. ACT Real Truth with Jean Burk

Podcast #48

Which test should your take, the SAT or the ACT? What is the real truth? Learn how to ace the SAT – since colleges are ranked nationally based upon the student’s SAT scores. 85% of colleges give money based on test on like the SAT … the only fair way a college can compare students is through the standardized test.

Show Notes: SAT vs. ACT: Real Truth

  1. Recurring patterns
  2. Follow the same patterns, rules, and profiles to make it standardized
  3. Component that is common to everyone. Anyone can answer
  4. Same grading system that applies to everyone

Biggest Myth about ACT –

  1. ACT is knowledge based –not true
  2. SAT is reasoning – not true

Difference and similarities

  1. Both used for college entrance
  2. Both used for college money
  3. Every college takes either one
  4. SAT – 3 hours opt. essay reading/writing/math in some form – geometry formulas not on ACT – ESSAY – analytical –given a high quality published piece of work, write an essay based on the given work.
  5. ACT – 3.5 hours – reading – fewer citations – English – both test grammar, style and reading analysis – math basic, math, geometry – trig (no grid in boxes) – persuasive like (40 minutes) the old SAT – science section –don’t need to know anything about science – combo of reading and basic math
  6. SAT scores are not averaged – ACT scores section is averaged
  7. SAT –unlimited ACT only 12 times
  8. Easy crossover of info – try them both
  9. Free tests online and download SAT or ACT practice tests online
  10. ACT – subtle changes …
    1. Timing to essay 40
    2. Added sub-scores –
  11. SAT – August SAT
    1. First time, based on bell curve your students can do better on the scoring
  12. Disservice high schools are doing for their students
    1. Don’t bother with the PSAT test – it is very important
    2. Merit Scholarships
    3. PSAT you must sign up in person
  13. How can you SAT if not offered at your high school
    1. and put in your zip code

Checklist For College – Car and Personal

checklist for college - car and personalChecklist Before College – Car and Personal with Jean Burk

Do you need a check list for college prep? Have you considered what you need for your car or personal items that are necessary to make your life easier away from home? This is a great broadcast for teens and parents approaching those college years.

If you are still studying to take the SAT or PSAT test – check out the College Prep Genius course – online or live classes.


Podcast #47

Car Care

  1. Inspections or have a mechanic check it out
  2. Supplies to change a tire and know how to change one
  3. Car insurance card – keep in glove compartment and insurance
  4. Drivers License up to date
  5. Emergency roadside kit – good flashlight
  6. Change of clothes
  7. Warm Jacket or blanket
  8. Bottle water
  9. Jumper cables or portable battery jumper
  10. Spare car key
  11. Five dollars in quarter or twenty dollar bill
  12. Map of area or surrounding area
  13. Roadside assistance program.
  14. Most states drive license –  800 number for stranded motorists

Personal – 

  1. Dental check up before you head out
  2. Doctor’s checkup
  3. Medical records for school
  4. Take your refills and transfer prescriptions to campus or near dorm
  5. Medical Insurance Records
  6. Cell phones
  7. School supplies
  8. Backpack
  9. Preloaded credit card or cash
  10. Umbrella
  11.  Favorite book, movies
  12. Sports Equipment
  13. Personal items -important, put in lockbox or fireproof box
  14. Check for what is permitted on campus
  15. Cell phone – be sure there is coverage at your college

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Checklist Before College – Dorm Life

checklist for college dorm lifeChecklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk


College dorm life can be scary and exciting at the same time. In this podcast Jean Burk shares her long list of things to bring and not forget.

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Show Notes – Checklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk

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  1. Toiletries – personal items
  2. Mattress protector and bedding
  3. CD player – speakers
  4. Alarm clock – double set clocks
  5. Pictures from home – decorations
  6. Bring towels
  7. Small refrigerators of your own
  8. Broom of swifter
  9. Garbage container with bags
  10. Computer chair
  11. Reading lamp
  12. Drying rack
  13. Computer with wireless
  14. Printer/ paper
  15. Flash drive
  16. Food – cooking/cups, silverware, plates or bowls
  17. Sharing bathrooms – own stuff
  18. Your own stuff – soap, dish rags
  19. Portable fan
  20. Hangers
  21. Irons or iron boards – ask about permission – steamer, spray
  22. Laundry bags – pop-up baskets
  23. Detergent pods
  24. Medicine – first aid kit
  25. Microwave
  26. White and black threaded needle
  27. Shower caddy
  28. Hygiene stuff
  29. Television
  30. Headphones
  31. Wireless external speakers
  32. Duct tape
  33. Toolbox with basic tools
  34. Power strip with surge protector
  35. Bookshelves
  36. Fireproof boxes – name and address
  37. List of contacts – family members and addresses
  38. Stationary or cards


How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

how to avoid 5 common freshman mistakesHow To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes freshmen make – listed are possible thoughts your college freshman to be may have and ways to combat these possible pitfalls.

Invite your teen to listen to this episode with you – the most important information to help your teen be prepared. 

by Jean Burk

Show Notes: How to Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You have to be the exact same person you were at home or in highschool
  2. You can’t be as good as everyone else.
  3. Think that your dorm room is the best place to hang-out
  4. To be a gentleman you pay for a young lady – (or for females – you allow the guys to pay)
  5. You have to take a ton of credits

Bonus Mistake – It is not going to happen to me. (Whatever “that” is …)





How To Avoid 6 Common Freshman Mistakes

College - You're Accepted Now WhatHow To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes by Jean Burk

Podcast #44

Better to be safe than sorry – right? Here are some things your child may think when they leave for home, now is the time to go over some of these very common freshman mistakes.

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Show Notes: How To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You can eat anything you want
  2. You can stay up all hours of the night and make it to my 8:00am class
  3. Stay up all night – or partying
  4. You can ask other people to get you a drink – beware!
    1. never assume your face
    2. never accept a drink from a new friend
    3. people can put things in your drink
  5. Introverts? Don’t make any friends
  6. You have to be the same person you were in highschool

College – You’re Accepted Now What?

youre-accepted-into-college-now-what-1You’re Accepted Into College – Now What? with Jean Burk

You’ve gotten the letters, you’ve made the choice – and now it’s countdown until the big day – the first day of college. How do you prepare? What do you take with you, what do you do now? In this podcast, Jean Burk shares a list of many things to jump start your prep on getting to college prepared. From the creator of the college prep genius course, Jean always encourages students to be prepared, so why not with the approaching college day? Listen to this audio and invite your teen to listen as well – on your smart phone or computer.

Still preparing for the SAT Test? Visit the website for test prep info – on your phone or in person.


Show Notes: The New SAT – All About the Read

Podcast #43

If you are still studying to take the SAT or PSAT test – check out the College Prep Genius course – online or live classes.

Show Notes: You’re Accepted Into College – Now What? 

  1. Just relax
  2. Start scheduling your classes
  3. Room and roommate assignments- meet if possible
  4. Go to the student orientation for the school
  5. Call or skype your roommate
  6. Set Goals – spiritually or physically
  7. Purchase everything you need for your dorm
  8. Make sure your medical records are up to date
  9. If you are taking a car – make sure it is up to date (inspected if your state does this)
  10. Bank account info is all set up
  11. Job – save your money
  12. Get your first-semester book list -purchase early or rent
  13. Social network – use it to find incoming freshmen
  14. Let your family and friends know how important they are to you.

New SAT – Writing and the Essay

new SAT all about writing and essay
New SAT All About The Writing Section and The Essay with Jean Burk 

What are the thirteen most common grammar errors? What are the patterns and how can you find the correct answers? In this episode of College Prep Genius Podcast the New SAT writing portion and essay are discussed along with tips to ace the test.

Show Notes – Ace The New SAT! All About the Writing and Essay Portion of the Test.

  1. Each student has about 35 minutes to take this test with 44 questions on it –  and about 40 seconds to answer each one.
  2. Grammar, style and reading comprehension is the focus
  3. Look for the patterns and each question can be answered in about ten seconds.
  4. There is a fast way to answer each question – college prep genius teaches how this works
  5. One section has a multiple choice section with variations of the answer or one that says, “no change”
  6. Thirteen of the most common grammar errors are tested, words such as affect and effect; as well as access and excess — understand these types of words and differences in each.

The Essay – optional 

Highly recommend you take this portion of the test as it will set you apart from other students since most students will “opt” out of the essay. When colleges have a tie between two students they will look at the essay portion to make their determination. This can help you.

  1. Differences: No longer a prompt questions
  2. The work used is a published work
  3. The essay is analytical
    1. No personal information
    2. No facts drawn in
    3. No information about your beliefs to support the claim
  4. Proven template that works
  5. Objective grading system – looking for key elements
  6. Two different graders have about thirty seconds to read and grade your work

SAT Test – All About Math

new SAT all about mathSAT Test – All About Math with Jean Burk

Podcast 41

Did you know that every test on the math portion of the SAT test can be answered in thirty seconds or less? Did you know that on one portion you can not use a calculator? Did you know certain calculators are banned? In this podcast Jean Burk shares answers to these questions and more.

Show Notes – SAT Test – All About Math

  1. New SAT takes 80 minutes – 25 minutes with no calculator and 55 minutes you can use a calculator.
  2. Approved calculators
  3. What is the question asking you?
  4. The test consists of Algebra, Advanced Math, Geometry (less than on the previous version), Scatter plots, Coordinates, Story Problems, Probability, Trig – only a few questions, etc.
  5. Circle the key element? Set up the problem.
  6. You CAN write in the booklet – it says so on the front page of the booklet.
  7. Figures are not drawn to scale – listen to the audio for instructions on how to tackle these problems.
  8. If you have no figure or chart draw one.
  9. The SAT is redesigned and has sections of multiple choice with four choices, the idea is to eliminate the incorrect answers. Looking at the questions and trying to find the answer or vice-versa is what students commonly do – the best math test tip is to look at the answer and the question as one entity.
  10. Minimize calculations to save time –double check by looking at it backwards.
  11. Know math terminology so you know what the question asks – tangent, product, integer, etc.

SAT Test – All About Reading

all about reading - new SATAll About Reading on the SAT TEST with Jean Burk

What is the new SAT reading section about? How much changed? What type of questions are on the test. In this podcast In this episode it is all about reading on the SAT test — Jean shares some of her best tips with you – she teaches this in detail in her classes here – join one of her live classes or get the information you need now – on her website with digital products ready to go!

Show Notes: The New SAT – All About the Reading Section. 

Jean Burk’s best tips:

What are the four hidden patterns to look for … read below.

You don’t have to read every line in the reading section unlike what other SAT programs tell you.

You need to  look at the questions in the right order –

  • Long passage
  • Dual passage

Types of questions on the tests

  • line citation
  • vocabulary use
  • overall passage
  • command of evidence
  • chart question

Mistakes students make –

  1. Read and analyze all passages and begin interpreting and analyzing it – no!
  2. Don’t take the questions literally – yes, on the SAT take the question literally
  3. Not understanding this is not a content-based test
  4. Not realizing this is a logic test – important to look for the patterns
  5. Read the passage and go to find the right answer

Four Hidden Patterns:

C – Completely Irrelevant

O – Obscure or Confusing

A – Adds extra stuff

T – Totally Contradictory

Teen Success

Teen Success-1Teen Success

– Podcast 39

with Jean Burk

Jean explains the how to have real Teen Success – by explaining how to connect, be in communion, and bring about change in your teens. Do your kids make great choices? In this episode Jean gives so many great tips on encouraging your teens to succeed.

– Great Teens Yes, This Means You! Podcast with Jean Burk

Jean is the award-winning author of college prep genius – the no-brainer way to get free college. She is a FOX News contributor as well as making many other appearances on television and radio networks on the topic of the SAT.

Find More information about Jean’s award winning program here…

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