Why is SAT or ACT test prep so important? Basically, a good score greatly increases your options. It provides you with more colleges and financial aid choices. Furthermore, your commitment to SAT prep and what you learn from the process will improve your college academic skills. More choices + better skills usually = a better life. Here are some ways to prepare:
- If you are disciplined, study with an SAT /PSAT or ACT prep book. Take at least 10 weeks, spending 2 hours at least 2x/ week. Barrons, , and McGraw- Hill are good texts. Don’t let other things interfere with this goal (within reason). Keep in mind that in many ways, a good SAT or ACT score can set you up for life. (Choice of college, scholarship chances, networking etc.) Keep your eyes on the LONG-TERM goal.
- Take advantage of Khan Academy’s free online SAT prep lessons. (The ACT organization doesn’t offer free prep.) These include the 8 official College Board practice tests, a tailored practice plan, interactive practice, and feedback. While it doesn’t offer the feedback of a human tutor, it’s not a bad substitute.
- In the fall, when your school offers them, take the PreACT in 10th grade or the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT) in 10th as well as 11th grade. Only the 11th-grade PSAT score confers eligibility for National Merit and other scholarships. The PSAT and PreACT are considered good indicators of how you will perform on the SAT or ACT. Discuss the results with your guidance counselor.
- Take the Official SAT Practice Tests offered by the College Board (online or in your test booklet available from your guidance counselor) or the Official ACT practice test.
- Take your first SAT or ACT no later than the early spring of your junior year. That way, if you are dissatisfied with your score, there’s time to study and retake the test later in the spring or in the ACT July or the SAT August test dates.
But if you are concerned about your ability to score well on the SAT or ACT test, or are disappointed in your current or preliminary scores, you can prepare one-on-one with Advantage Learning tutors in your home or public place. We have several individualized SAT and ACT preparation packages, and also offer a reasonable hourly rate if you just want a few sessions. We offer the undivided attention of our experienced, caring tutors, which will bring out the best in you. Our prices are very competitive, and all Advantage Learning test preparation include a textbook, related learning materials, and practice tests with detailed diagnoses and answer explanations. We also offer special rates for extended time tests, rush jobs, and other situations.
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