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What is the IES Approach to Test Prep?

Most people think that teaching students only more content will help them to become better test takers. For parents whose children suffer from test anxiety, you know that this is false. In fact, to do well on any standardized test, students must have a solid command of three things: the content, the test itself, and strategies. This is true of any standardized test, whether it is AP US History, the ACT, or the MCAS. We use a triangle to explain this to our students:

Our approach to test preparation is to help your child learn the necessary content that is tested, become extremely familiar and comfortable with the test format, including pacing, the types of questions asked, and the skills and knowledge they assess, and acquire and use a variety of testing strategies. Since each student is a unique test taker, we coach students to identify the testing strategies that work the best for them, and we show our students how to use them effectively to experience success on their exam. By attacking all three points of the triangle in everything we teach our students, we help them to achieve incredible results. This is our commitment to each and every student we work with.

Next time, we’ll show you how to use one specific testing strategy on standardized tests such as the MCAS, SAT, and ACT. If you liked this blog, be sure to check out our website, , look out for our upcoming YouTube channel, and like us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you think we can help your child, please give us a call at 508-213-8421 or email us at

About the Author:

John Marderosian is the founder, owner, and operator of Innovative Education Solutions. He has more than 15 years of experience improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps, as well as increasing the capacity of teachers to accomplish the same with their students.

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