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2019 – 2020 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Posted on: October 29th, 2019 by  Zakery Kates
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The ACT is a widely used college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The score range is 1-36. The multiple-choice tests will cover four skill areas: English, math, reading, and science. ACT offers an optional fifth test, writing, that measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The essay cannot be taken separately. The writing portion of the exam might be required for admission, depending on the university. Registration is required for the National Testing Dates.

What areas does the ACT test cover?

The multiple-choice test will cover four skill areas: English, math, reading and science. ACT offers an optional fifth test, writing, that measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The essay cannot be taken separately. The writing portion of the exam might be required for college admission, depending on the university. The score range is 1-36. 

  • English: Punctuation, Grammar, and Usage, Sentence Structure, Strategy, Organization, and Style (45 minutes)
  • Mathematics: Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, and Trigonometry (60 minutes)
  • Reading: Prose Fiction, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences (35 minutes)
  • Science: Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints (35 minutes)
  • Writing (Optional): (30 minutes)

Which Colleges have ACT Writing Test requirements?

Some colleges and universities have decided to require or to recommend that their applicants submit scores from the ACT Writing Test.

Others have decided writing test scores are not needed; their applicants do not need to take the test.

Others have not yet reported their decision to ACT.

2019 – 2020 Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

TEST DATE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

LATE REGISTRATION PERIOD

December 14, 2019 (NNHS)

November 8, 2019

November 9-25, 2019

February 8, 2020 

January 10, 2020

January 11-17, 2020

April 4, 2020

February 29, 2020

March 1-16, 2020

June 13, 2020 

May 8, 2020

May 9-25, 2020

July 18, 2020

June 19, 2020

June 20-29, 2020

WSEA Tutoring’s ACT Prep Programs

  • Instruction covers all four content areas (English, Math, Reading, Science).
  • Small group instruction
  • Guided practice and test-taking strategies help each student achieve their best personal score
  • Experienced, caring instructors

Many of our students have increased their scores and received college scholarships.

Diocese of Joliet Catholic High Schools 2019 Entrance Exam Test Date for 2020 / 2021 Academic Year

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by  Zakery Kates

After careful consideration, the Catholic High Schools located in the Diocese of Joliet have decided the entrance exam date for academic year 2020 / 2021 will be December 7th. 2019.

The Test Date will be Saturday, December 7th, 2019.

The entrance exam is required for all eighth graders interested in applying for admission to Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Joliet. As in previous years, students must take the test at the school where they wish to enroll. Please note that all the high schools located within the Diocese of Joliet will hold their annual entrance exam on the same date. Additional admission information for specific schools can be found on the school websites.

Visit the Diocese of Joliet's website for more info

WSEA Tutoring offers High School Entrance Exam Preparation

  • Students will take a full pre-test and a post-test to assess their growth
  • Tutors will focus on refining test taking strategies and relieving test anxiety
  • Students will complete timed drills to improve timing on each section
  • Students will be given the tools to be confident and familiar with the test format
  • WSEA will provide a highly individualized program
  • Private and group classes available

Learn more about WSEA Tutoring's High School Entrance Exam Prep

WSEA Tutoring Opens Up New Private Location In North Naperville

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by  Zakery Kates No Comments


WSEA Tutoring of Naperville is excited to announce the opening of their new location in North Naperville on September 5th, 2017. WSEA Tutoring has invested in acquiring a private business location in the Naperville Executive Court buildings near the intersection of Ogden and Naper Blvd. With this new location, WSEA Tutoring plans to expand their hours, creating an intimate tutoring experience for their students.

For years WSEA Tutoring has helped their students build skills, foster confidence and success by assisting with topics ranging from reading, writing, math to foreign language, science, and advanced Mathematics. WSEA Tutoring also offers standardized test taking skills for elementary aged students, High School Entrance Exam Test Preparation for middle school aged students, and ACT & SAT Preparation for High School aged students.

Our new location is conveniently accessible off of I-88 which is going to make getting to class for many of our students much easier, especially for those who travel from outside of Naperville. The North Naperville location has ample parking and accessibility.

WSEA Tutoring can now offer private tutoring times on holidays, programming after 7pm, and group programs on Sunday. They’ll now be offering more group times for ACT & SAT in the winter, and will be expanding their summer programs for both elementary and secondary students.” We’re very excited to now be able to expand our hours,” said Jennifer Bredberg, owner and operator of WSEA Tutoring.

Camille Jones, previous owner and ongoing advisor to WSEA Tutoring, had this to say regarding the move; “I’m excited to see Jennifer and her team looking for new opportunities to expand the business and to better serve customers. For years families have asked for more opportunities to fit education in their schedules, and this new location is going to be great solution to the customer’s needs.”

With this announcement, WSEA Tutoring will no longer be using their space at Grace United Methodist Church in Central Naperville, and Zion Lutheran Church in Southern Naperville. WSEA is grateful to Grace and Zion for their generosity throughout the years. We are forever thankful for our successful partnerships with Grace and Zion that have benefited many families in our community.

WSEA Tutoring – North Naperville
1260 Iroquois Ave.
Suite 306
Naperville, IL 60563.

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About WSEA Tutoring of Naperville, Inc. (WSEA)

For 30 years, WSEA has provided private and small-group academic tutoring for grades kindergarten through 12 and college. The company covers all subject areas, including tutoring in math, reading, language arts, phonics, study skills, science, social studies, and foreign languages. Students benefit from individualized homework support; proprietary programs such as Phonics Is Phun and Strategic Study Skills Workshop; and a customized approach to their ACT, SAT, PSAT prep, and private high school entrance exam prep programs.

For more information about WSEA Tutoring, visit wseatutoring.wpengine.com or call 630-922-8100.

Naperville Woman-Owned Business Continues Legacy After 30 Years Of Success

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

Naperville, IL – The woman-owned and highly successful Naperville tutoring firm WSEA Tutoring (originally known as West Suburban Educational Associates) recently announced that co-founder and long-time owner Camille Jones has stepped down, after 30 years at the helm. The torch has been passed down to Jennifer Bredberg, WSEA Tutoring’s Secondary Director since 2013.

Camille Jones commented, “It is important that the person in the leadership position is first, a great teacher. Secondly, the person needs to be a highly ethical person possessing a commitment to providing quality, compassionate instruction to students. Jennifer is all of this and more.”

Diane Nelson, who currently works with elementary students at WSEA, will remain in the role of Elementary Director of grades K-5. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master of Education in interdisciplinary studies in curriculum and instruction. She taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in nearby Wheaton before joining WSEA.

Jennifer Bredberg will become WSEA Tutoring’s sole owner as Camille Jones moves into an advisory role to the business. “I am also pleased that a business that was started by women is passed on to a woman,” said Camille Jones. Bredberg taught Language Arts for several years in middle school and has a BA in English and a Master of Education with a secondary certification in English and social science.

Bredberg commented, “We have touched the lives of hundreds of children and families as a result of good leadership, dedication, and showing a love and passion for working with children. We will miss Camille and wish her the best – but we’re also excited to continue our mission to change students’ lives in the years ahead. It is a privilege and an honor to continue in her footsteps.”

“In thirty years there have been a great many changes in Naperville, in the schools and in education” said Camille Jones. Indeed, their broad range of creative and effective programming has helped WSEA thrive through the toughest economic climate. The firm currently boasts a staff of nearly 15 certified, experienced elementary teachers and experts in secondary education.

“We have adapted to changes while adhering to our commitment to provide individual educational plans for our students to empower them to achieve their best and develop a life-long love of learning. It has been my privilege and joy to work in Naperville and serve Naperville families.” – Camille Jones

About WSEA Tutoring of Naperville, Inc. (WSEA)
For 30 years, WSEA has provided private and small-group academic tutoring for grades kindergarten through 12 and college. The company covers all subject areas, including tutoring in math, reading, language arts, phonics, study skills, science, social studies, and foreign languages. Students benefit from individualized homework support; proprietary programs such as Phonics Is Phun and Strategic Study Skills Workshop; and a customized approach to their ACT, SAT, PSAT prep, and private high school entrance exam prep programs.

For more information about WSEA Tutoring, visit wseatutoring.wpengine.com or call 630-922-8100.

Diocese of Joliet changes entrance exam date for Catholic High Schools academic year 2018-2019

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

After careful consideration, the Catholic High Schools located in the Diocese of Joliet have decided to change the entrance exam date for academic year 2018-2019. The new date will be Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.

The entrance exam is required for all eighth graders interested in applying for admission to Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Joliet. As in previous years, students must take the test at the school where they wish to enroll. Please note that all the high schools located within the Diocese of Joliet will hold their annual entrance exam on the same date. Additional admission information for specific schools can be found on the school websites.

Visit the Diocese of Joliet's website for more info

WSEA Tutoring offers High School Entrance Exam Preparation

  • Students will take a full pre-test and a post-test to assess their growth
  • Tutors will focus on refining test taking strategies and relieving test anxiety
  • Students will complete timed drills to improve timing on each section
  • Students will be given the tools to be confident and familiar with the test format
  • WSEA will provide a highly individualized program
  • Private and group classes available

Learn more about WSEA Tutoring's High School Entrance Exam Prep

ACT or SAT? Which test is right for you?

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

Students in exam hall

Many Colleges and Universities are accepting both the SAT and ACT for College Applications. Choose which test is best for you. 

Use the table below to compare the two tests.

SAT ACT
Why Take It Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships. Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Test Structure
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing and Language

Essay (Optional)

  • Math
  • Reading
  • English
  • Science

Essay (Optional)

Length
  • 3 hours (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
  • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
Science None 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
Math Covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis
Covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
Tools Some math questions don’t allow you to use a calculator. You can use a calculator on all math questions.
Essays Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text. Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.
How It’s Scored Scored on a scale of 400–1600 Scored on a scale of 1–36

Everyone Reading Illinois 2016 Annual Conference: “Dynamics of Dyslexia”

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

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The 2016 fall conference was held locally, at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville Conference Center. Nationally recognized keynote speakers gave presentations on Reading Comprehension Difficulty: Causes and Solutions, and Effective Vocabulary Instruction. There were many seminars available, which covered topics such as the neural basis of dyslexia, phonics and other approaches to reading and fluency, building writing skills, improving math performance, improving test performance, legislative issues that impact students with dyslexia, developing IEP’s, and common co-occurring diagnoses.

Conference attendees included parents, teachers, tutors, administrators and college students. Everyone Reading Illinois also holds an annual parent conference in the spring, which provides excellent resources and knowledge for parents of dyslexic students.

As a tutor, I found the conference to be very helpful. I learned several strategies that I can implement with students to support their reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, vocabulary instruction and writing skills.

Author:
Karen Zielinski
Elementary Tutor

WSEA Tutoring Annual Summer Picnic

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

Celebrating Pi Day at WSEA Tutoring!

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

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The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi.”

Past Event: Dyslexic Action Group of Naperville: Dyscalculia

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by  Zakery Kates No Comments

Thank you to everyone who came out to our special educational event with the Dyslexic Action Group of Naperville talking about Dyscalculia.