How Are You Going To Prep For Your Tests?

unknownTo get the best possible scores you should develop your own test taking strategy. Are you planning to prepare on your own, in a group or with a tutor?  Here are a few things to remember:

  • It’s so important to learn how to pace yourself, manage your timing and understand how the test is scored.
  • Try to take as many practice tests as possible. The best way to prepare is to become familiar with the tests you’ll be taking to increase your comfort level and confidence when test day arrives. There are many free tests available through the resources listed below:

For the SAT:

  1. Take an official SAT practice test. College Board has both online and printed versions available.
  2. College Board has a daily practice app you can use to build your familiarity with the exam daily.
  3. College Board offers free sample practice questions in Math, Reading and Writing for the SAT as well as questions for SAT Subject Tests.
  4. Test prep companies, including Kaplan, The Princeton Review and Peterson’s offer free practice tests, both online and at their test centers. You’ll be required to register and provide your contact information to have access to the tests.
  5. McGraw Hill offers an interactive online SAT test prep center with practice tests, videos and other helpful resources.

For the ACT:

  1. Take an ACT practice test, score your exam and read about helpful test taking strategies.
  2. Go to ACT’s website and do the practice questions in English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing.
  3. Download ACT’s free study guide.
  4. Register for free online and onsite practice tests with Kaplan, The Princeton Review and Peterson’s.
  5. Check out McGraw Hill’s interactive online ACT test prep center which offers 2 complete practice tests with explanations. Prep videos and other resources are also available on this site.

For the SAT Subject Tests:

  1. Success on an SAT II demonstrates your proficiency in a specific subject. Think about the subjects you excel in and ask for your teacher’s for input.
  2. Time the exam to match up with the timing of other exams for that subject such as your final exam or AP exam.
  3. Plan your test prep. Take as many practice exams as possible using prep books and go through the online practice questions as well.
  4. Understand how the SAT subject tests are scored to maximize your results; you earn one point for each correct answer and lose a fraction of a point for each incorrect answer.
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