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Test Prep for the SAT and ACT – What You Don’t Know May Hurt You

February 24, 2014

Since the SAT and ACT are important criteria for college admissions, you should not assume that your student can take these tests with no preparation. Test scores can make or break a student’s chances for college acceptance and scholarships. Most experts believe that a good test prep course can help to improve students’ SAT and ACT scores. Here are 5 tips to find a good SAT and ACT test prep course near you:

1. The teaching is most important. Most test prep courses offer similar information, but a good course will have a teacher who can motivate the students. The course should be taught by an experienced test prep coach, not a high school teacher or someone who has only scored high on the SAT and ACT.

2. The test prep course should be affordable. There is no reason why parents need to spend $1000 for a test prep course. Paying more does not make a course better nor does a big name make it more effective. Parents should contact local, small test prep companies and inquire about what they offer before they sign up for another SAT or ACT course.

3. Students should practice and take real tests. Students should only take test prep courses that utilize tests that are published by the College Board and the ACT. Practice should also be done on real tests. This helps students to know exactly what to expect and makes for a less stressful experience. What good is practice if you are not using the real thing?

4. The test prep course should focus on content and strategies. Parents should inquire about whether a test prep course focuses on test-taking strategies or also includes practice materials with review and explanations. Students need to understand the content of the test, but they also need to know how to approach each part of the test and some test-taking techniques that will help them improve their scores.

5. A test prep course should fit the needs of your child. Is the test prep course small enough to be beneficial? A course should include no more than 8-10 students. Does it take too much time away from homework and other activities? Students should spend only as much time as they need and once a week classes should be sufficient. Will your student learn how to handle anxiety and gain confidence? Stress relieving practices should be introduced and practiced.
Small improvements in test scores can make a difference in college admissions. That’s why test prep can contribute to the overall success of a student’s chances for college acceptance.

Test Prep Courses Do Not Need to Cost a Fortune

August 1, 2013

Do you want to help your child improve his or her chances for college admission and scholarships?  With all the discussion about the SAT and ACT, there is no question that these two tests still are important criteria for most colleges as the competition grows more intense with their college applicants.  Many parents do not understand that a small jump in test scores can help a student more than they may realize.  The first SAT and ACT tests are not far away.  It is time for your high school senior to start some test prep if that has not already happened.

As a private college counselor and test prep coach, I think it is important for families to understand that there are many choices for test prep other than the $1000 or more courses. I have taught a six week course for more than twenty five years and the price has remained at $395. I know it’s a bargain, but I am more interested in the outcome than the income when it comes to test prep.

Families need to decide what will work best for their child.  I recommend a small group of no more than ten students.  The focus of the test prep course should be on content, useful strategies, and dealing with test anxiety.  I also want my students to learn how to pace themselves and utilize good time management throughout the SAT and ACT.

It’s time to research, sign up, and get started on a test prep course to give your child the best opportunity to score well on the SAT and ACT.

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Test Prep Courses for the SAT and ACT: What Parents Need to Know

July 31, 2012

The SAT and ACT are significant criteria for college admissions and require advanced preparation in order for students to achieve their best possible score. Test scores can make or break a student’s chances for college acceptance and scholarships.  Most experts, including Susie Watts from College Direction in Denver, Colorado, believe that a good test prep course can help to improve students’ SAT and ACT scores.

Below are five tips to find a good SAT and ACT test prep course:

1.  The teaching is most important .  The information in most test prep courses is similar, but a good course will have a qualified teacher that is highly motivated to coaching students.  The course should be taught by a test expert with experience, not necessarily a high school teacher or someone who has only scored high on the SAT and ACT.

2.  The test prep course should be affordable .  Spending more money will not guarantee a better test prep course.  Paying more does not make a course better nor does a big name make it more effective.  The value of the class depends on the experience of the teacher, quality of the material and dedication to helping students succeed. Parents should consider all of these factors before signing up for a SAT or ACT course.

3.  Students should practice on real tests .  A good test prep course only utilizes tests that are published by the College Board and the ACT. This helps students become familiar and know exactly what to expect. Having this experience makes for a much less stressful test day.

4.  The test prep course should focus on content and strategies .  A comprehensive approach to test taking includes practicing materials with review and explanations as well as specific test-taking strategies.  Students need to understand the content of the test, but they also need to know how to approach each part of the test with test-taking techniques that enable them to improve their scores.

5.  A test prep course should fit the needs of your child .  The test prep course should be small enough to be beneficial, ideally no more than 9 students.  The course should not take too much time away from homework and other activities. The course should make valuable use of the time; once a week classes should be sufficient. An important part of the class should address anxiety and stress relief by introducing and practicing relaxation and mental preparedness.

A good SAT and ACT course will prepare students  for the mental marathon that will help them succeed on these important tests.