Year after year high school students and their families struggle with the SAT. When is the best time to take the SAT? How many times should a student take the test? How will colleges view multiple attempts at the SAT? What is a good score? What exactly is tested on the current test? Should students have learned all the test content in school? What can students do to improve their scores? Will prep books or classes actually help? How important are SAT scores in the bigger picture of college admission? The questions go on and on.
If you are concerned about the SAT, you are likely a high school student preparing for college admission or the parent of a student who is. You’ve gotten suggestions from friends, neighbors, teachers, counselors, and sometimes strangers. You know there are important steps you can take to improve your admission options; you know there are ways to improve your SAT scores. There are piles of book dealing with SAT preparation and an equally high pile of college admissions books and articles. But where should you begin?
Sometime having too much information can be a problem. A lot of test prep books take the “bigger is better” approach and try to cover every possible topic from fifth grade long division and how to tell Greek from Latin roots to subordinating conjunctions and nonlinear differential equations. It is enough to make anyone’s head spin.
With all the arguments for and against the SAT, the pressure on students to perform, and the overwhelming amount of conflicting information, it is enough to make those facing the SAT throw their hands in the air and yell in frustration, “Who cares about the SAT?”
There is hope! For the month of April I am going to devote multiple blog posts to answering common questions about the SAT. You can also check out my four free video lessons – part of my online SAT Mastermind program at SATSuccessCoach.com
Help me out — what questions would you like me to answer? Post suggestions and questions below.