As summer ends, parents and students alike are beginning to think about the academic demands of the new year.
For high school juniors and seniors, the imminent approach of the SAT and ACT is an additional concern.
Although the prospect of taking these marathon four hour tests may be daunting, take comfort in the fact that both the SAT and the ACT are very learnable tests. There are excellent resources which – if given sufficient time and attention – can teach your student to maximize his or her score on the SAT.
My Favorite Prep Books
Up Your Score
Books that I like and always use with my students include Up Your Score, a funny, entertaining SAT prep book that will almost fool your student into thinking he’s not studying at all! I especially like its excellent list of 13 commonly tested writing errors.
Acing the New SAT Math I
It’s also important to get your student a math workbook. I use Acing the New SAT Math I, which I appreciate because of its comprehensive review of key concepts followed by practice problems that will challenge even advanced students. The book is perfect for the SAT and ACT alike, since the only difference between the tests is that the ACT covers some trigonometry.
The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide
Finally, the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide is a must have for SAT prep. Its full length practice test are the most realistic out there.The Real Guide to the ACT is made by the makers of the official exam, and is therefore the prep book that I use and recommend to all my students.
One-on-One Prep Sessions
Given these three resources, as well as some motivation and discipline, your student stands a very good chance of getting an SAT or ACT score he or she can be proud of.
As a tutor, I of course feel that your student would benefit greatly from one-on-one sessions during which I can assess and customize a plan for him or her. I am currently working with high school students from Wellington High School, Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach Central.