Test Prep has never been something I’m a fan of, and I’m sure your children are not either. With that being said the process is inevitable, unless you focus on the several test optional schools that continue to grow each year. The testing companies are big business and continue to change the game; scoring, length of time, essays, fee waivers, score reporting, the cost increases, and so on… The SAT recently went through some major changes and returned to a 1600 scoring practice. With the stress and pressures beginning as young as 9th grade, it’s no wonder kids are burnt out by the time they take the following: PSAT, PLAN, SAT, SAT II’s, ACT, and AP’s and the process is enough to make us all crazy. This is all before they even begin visits, applying, essays and scholarships. The biggest questions I receive follow:
- When do I take the tests? Typically spring of junior year.
- What tests do I take? I recommend the ACT, however some students are stronger at the SAT so taking both can be an option. Remember taking the ACT will also substitute for some colleges requiring the SAT II’s. (I know, I know-more confusion)
- Should I enroll in a test prep class? If you have the additional cash, it can’t hurt, but I did have a student improve her score by 200 points practicing on her own.
- How many times should I take them? No more than 2x for each test. Some colleges rely on test scores for scholarship considerations.
- Do they take the best score? Yes, they take an average of your best scores.
You’ve been asking and we’ve delivered a FREE opportunity for your student. I’ve partnered with Kaplan Test Prep and Cooperative Extension to offer your sophomore or junior a FREE opportunity to take the ACT. The exam will be given on Saturday, March 26th, 8:00 – 12 noon at Tamarac High School. The link to register is http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/tamarac_high_school_act_practice_test_march_26
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at 518-669-0741 or email email@example.com.
Please reach out with any questions and know that this one test will not define your entire life.