Sunday, September 2, 2012

Different Students...Different Paths

Each person's life is different from another. This means each person will have different life circumstances that will set parameters on how many test prep hours they are able to accomplish each week. Some clients have been able to focus on their course work and put in 40 hours per week. Others are working study time in after work and on the weekends and are therefore often able to put in only 20 hours per week. While you do have to make test prep a priority to successfully complete your degree, still, whatever time you are able to commit to this is what you've got to work with.

THE KEY to testing: The time you put in each week directly affects how quickly you are ready to test.

  • On average, it takes a client about 40-60 hours of preparation and practice to be ready to test.
  • We do not have a magic wand to change this reality!
  • Thus, if you are putting in 40 hours per week, it is possible for you to test every week.
  • Similarly, if you are putting in 20 hours per week, it is possible for you to test every other week.
  • Once you get the hang of the Accelerate University approach to learning, you will likely find that you only have to spend 10-20 hours of preparation and practice to be ready to test, thus increasing your testing pace the further you go in the program.
Hopefully, this information will help you set accurate but challenging goals for yourself.


A client's age can also affect how quickly he or she is ready to test.

  • For clients who have finished high school and are part way through college, sometimes testing is a bit faster, because at least some of the information is not new to the client.
  • For clients who are in high school and utilizing the Accelerate University program to complete both high school and college at the same time, testing can take a bit longer to complete since they are learning the material often for the first time.

Familiarity and Ability with Subject Matter

Again, clients who have had previous experience with the subject matter for which they are testing are sometimes able to test at a faster pace, because they have fewer gaps of information they must fill in, in order to be ready to test.

We have also seen very young students move through a subject quickly even though it is their first time to handle the subject matter. When a young student is motivated, their ability to learn quickly can outpace those who have had previous exposure.

No matter a person's age, what really determines speed of testing is self-discipline, willingness to learn new ways to learn, internal motivation, external support, and a "can-do" attitude.

Natural Ability with the Subject Matter

There will always be subjects in which some clients are stronger and others are weaker. For some, math may be a stronger area of natural ability and gifting. For others, literature may be a real strength. Still others would choose science, history or languages. Whatever your academic abilities and weaknesses, if you continue your education in any form you will always encounter courses that play to your strengths or challenge your weaknesses.

The Key:

  • Do not focus on whether you are weak or strong in the subject.
  • Instead, focus on how to do your best with what abilities and resourcefulness you have.
  • Sometimes this may mean, if you are weaker in a subject, that you enlist extra resources or the help of a tutor, in specific areas, in order to do your best.

Learning Styles

One of the things that may become apparent to you in the process of Test Success BootCamp is what your best Learning Style is.

Some people are stronger:

  • Visual Learners--looking at the text for themselves
  • Auditory Learners--hearing the text or subject matter
  • Kinesthetic Learners--physically manipulating the subject matter (hands-on)
  • Verbal Learners--talking about the subject, re-communicating what has been learned, to another person
Whatever your strongest learning style is, there are parts of this learning process that will suit you and others that will be difficult for you. This is why your Brain BootCamp skills are so important to you in Test Success BootCamp. The reading skills, note-taking skills and memory skills, are not limited to one learning style.

The Key:

  • Find your best rhythm for learning as you move through this test prep, but STICK TO THE STEPS OUTLINED.
  • Do not use your learning style as a reason to "skip steps" or go "off-roading." Doing "your own thing" for the steps, instead of following them, often results in a failed test!
  • Ultimately, it is your responsibility to learn. We can only make recommendations based on the experiences of students who succeed and those who do not; it will be your choice how you choose to learn.

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