|Help Boost Kids’ College Entrance Exam Scores||| Print ||
|Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:46|
The SAT is perhaps the most important test a high school student takes, as one’s performance directly affects one’s chances of getting into the college of his or her choice.
While taking college entrance exams can be daunting, students don’t need to be geniuses to get a great score on the SAT or ACT.
“The test’s bark is worse than its bite,” says JaJa Liao, who got a perfect score on her 2011 test, and is guest editor for “Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT.” “Really, the SAT is just an extremely lame game that can be defeated.”
It will take hard work and focus to master the test, however. These tips from Liao will help pupils prepare for and conquer college entrance exams:
Study With a Friend
Preparing with a partner will keep students focused and determined. Friends will work together towards a common goal, and sometimes all it takes is that little extra motivation to reach a target score.
Watch the Clock
One thing that makes the SAT so tough is the pressure to complete every question within the time limit.
By preparing for the inevitable time crunch with a timer, test-takers will learn to pace themselves and manage each question with poise.
There are thousands of bland classes and dry prep books out there, but if they’re not enjoyable, how much can really be learned? Opt for study materials that students will actually want to use. For example, “Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT,” offers expert advice and proven strategies from young authors, using peer humor and edgy wit to fend off some of the anxiety that surrounds SAT prep.
The right prep book should introduce students to insider math tricks and key vocabulary words, while helping sharpen speed and timing and improve memory and concentration. Learn more at www.Workman.com.
Practice Makes Perfect
The SAT is a long and grueling test, lasting nearly four hours, not including breaks. Take as many practice exams as possible before the test date to prepare. By doing so, students will know what to expect and head into the exam as SAT veterans.
“Parents can help kids boost their score with a supportive attitude,” offers Liao. “If your child is feeling frustrated, let them rant. Take care to avoid adding to his or her stress with unrealistic expectations. Remember that students can always take the test again if needed.”