Helping Your High School Student Prepare for the SAT or ACT
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Helping Your High School Student Prepare for the SAT or ACT
Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) are important to a teen that plans to further their education. The test is designed to evaluate mathematics, critical reading and writing,which colleges look at, whether it is to determine enrollment or placement. One way to enhance your teen’s performance in all these areas of study is to encourage reading. Reading increases comprehension, which is important in each area of the SAT and ACT exams. There are practice tests and tutors available, which can be helpful to you and your teen when preparing for SAT’s and ACT’s. There are online resources available to assist with test preparation as well. The ACT exam evaluates high school achievement, and the score on this test may determine college admissions. What test to take is determined by you and your teen, colleges consider either exam. Good study habits can be effective for both SAT and ACT examination. What does the SAT exam consist of? The exam focuses on mathematics, critical reading, and writing. Each area is broken down into sub-sections. In addition, there is sometimes an experimental section, which is not counted towards the student’s score. The exam has particular time requirements for each sub-section. The mathematics, critical reading and writing areas have multiple-choice answers, which may or may not have more than one correct answer. In addition, the writing section includes an essay area, where the teen has to write on a specific topic in essay format. What does the ACT exam consist of? The ACT test has four areas, science reasoning, mathematics, reading, and English, which are examined.There is also an option to evaluate writing skills on this test. This evaluation is also timed, and may sometimes have sub-sections, which is similar to the SAT exam. Read daily Reading can be an effective way to prepare for SAT and ACT testing. It familiarizes your teen with new words and definitions increasing comprehension skills and vocabulary. Practice Math Spend a little more time on math homework. By combining math and reading, your student will become stronger in the areas that will be tested on the exam. Review Practice tests Make sure your teen reviews practice tests. This will familiarize your teen with what is expected of them. Help your Child Prepare over Time Do not encourage cramming. Cramming is shoving tons of information down at once, your teen should be studying and preparing for the SAT or ACT exam over time. It is not an effective approach to absorb unfamiliar information close to the exam date. Read Media Encourage your child to read the newspaper, magazines and short stories. You need to read them also.Then prepare a multiple-choice test on the article. Your teen may not show it, but they will be glad that you spent time with them. Be an Active Learner The parent should also be learning. Many tests show that teens that come from home where they see the parent learning on a daily basis do better on these exams. Participate in Tutoring Tutoring will help some students. These classes will help to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. In addition, many of these programs give tips on study habits and how to score high on tests. There are many ways to prepare your teen for SAT and ACT testing. Studying with them, tutoring if applicable, encouraging reading, and building confidence are four things that may help. The examinees should not wait until the last minute to study, but prepare over a course of time with the parent’s encouragement. This will familiarize them with areas of strength and weaknesses in their studies. There are also different online resources including tutorials, articles, and practice tests that may be effective to your teen.
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