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The New SAT Test – Important Tips Before You Jump-Start

By Sophia Gina

For many students, the SAT exam is the most important test of their high school careers. The new SAT is a three-hour test that determines you potential for future academic success. While some colleges consider high school academic performance and extracurricular activities as important as your score in standardized tests, most other colleges consider the SAT/ACT scores as one of the key factors in the admissions process. In order to apply for admission, you need to either take SAT or ACT test depending upon the college you are applying to and its geographical location. The fact that you need a good SAT or ACT score to get admission in a reputed college is irrefutably true.

Before you start with your SAT preparation, there are a few important things you must know. You should also understand and avoid the most common mistakes with respect to SAT test which are frequently made by uninformed students/parents. In the following paragraphs we outline important strategies needed for effective SAT preparation. Without a clear direction, the SAT preparation may turn out to be sloppy and haphazard resulting in disappointing results. Therefore the more careful you are in the early stages of your preparation; the better you would be with the end results.

GETTING STARTED WITH SAT: THE OFFICIAL STORY

An informed approach to SAT preparation begins with checking the College Board’s website (http://www.collegeboard.com) for testing dates, locations and registration procedures. Spend a good amount of time checking the format and content of the test. Read the tips and strategies recommended by the people who design and administer the test

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PREPARATION MATERIAL & SUPPORT

After acquiring preliminary information about SAT, you should proceed to assemble the right quality of study material for the SAT exam. While there is a lot of support available to prepare for the SAT test, your selection will largely depend on access to those resources and your comfort level with different modes of preparation.

You should select textbooks after consulting individuals who have already taken the SAT test in recent past. Those familiar with new trends can guide you through and help make a good choice of study materials among those available for SAT preparation.

You may also opt for support in the form of SAT classroom review courses or contact a private tutor. However, classroom courses and professional help from tutors may prove to be very costly.

The good news is that you can now think of enrolling in new online audio-visual courses for test preparation. New online courses have produced encouraging results. These methods of online preparation are not only equivalent to classroom courses and private tutors, but also come at a fraction of their costs. Online SAT preparation courses are rapidly gaining popularity among students across the globe because of their versatility and effectiveness.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTS: THE STARTING POINT

A diagnostic test should be the starting point of your preparation, as it will give you a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses. After gaining a good familiarity with the SAT structure, and identification of strengths/weaknesses, set your goals and design a study plan that best fits your situation. Please note that these first two steps should be completed as quickly as possible in order to allow the maximum time for the actual SAT preparation.

FORMING YOUR OWN ‘GANG’

Competitive environments nurture talents. Many students make the mistake of not teaming up with colleagues. These students may start up very enthusiastically only to loose their momentum after a few weeks into preparation. Having a good study group provides the much needed instrumental and moral support. A healthy and supportive competitive environment aids good preparation by helping you decide what resources to use and learn from others accomplishments and mistakes. However, one must realise that a good ‘gang’ may only help one so far, the actual work has to be done by the student himself.

PRACTISE THE WAY YOU WANT TO PERFORM

Your study should replicate as much as possible the conditions of the actual SAT test. Take numerous practice tests, and try doing as many sections at once as you would on the day of actual test. The more your SAT preparation resembles the actual test, the more comfortable you will be when you take the real test. The cliché in sports/arts that “the way you practice is the way you perform” is more than true for SAT preparation.

Set demanding but reasonable goals for yourself and give yourself that extra push which makes the distinction between a good SAT score and a great SAT score. Jumps start your academic career with a bang!

Best of luck !

Sophia started her career in a publishing company. Subsequently she started a home-based business. During those years, she developed interests in standardized test preparation and worked for leading test review companies for 5 years before joining TargetSAT.com as the Program director. TargetSAT.com provides a unique interactive href=”http://www.targetsat.com” mce_href=”http://www.targetsat.com”>SAT preparation course on math which is one of the best on the net.

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Tips for Taking the ACT

By Deanna Mascle

The ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science with an optional writing exam.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately three hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks (or just over four hours if taking the Writing Test). Actual testing time is two hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes for the Writing Test).

ACT results are accepted by all U.S. colleges and universities. The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices for which a valid code is listed at time of registration.

The ACT can be an important factor in college education. Not only is it an important criteria for admission to most universities but some degree programs also use scores to determine admission. For these reasons it is important to prepare carefully before taking the exam.

The best preparation for the ACT is taking a solid high school program that includes courses in English, math, science, and social studies and taking your school work seriously.

But it’s also true that attitude, emotion, and physical state may influence performance. So start preparing early and know what to expect on the test day. Read all the information in the registration packet and take the complete practice test included.

On test day itself make sure to:

~ Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.

~ Read the directions for each section carefully.

~ Read each question carefully.

~ Pace yourself—don’t spend too much time on a single passage or question.

~ Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil, ink pen or correction fluid.

~ Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.

~ On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.

~ Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.

~ Review your work. If you finish a test before time is up, go back and check your work.

~ Mark your answers neatly. If you erase, erase completely and cleanly without smudging.

~ Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing on the writing Test after time has been called or you will be disqualified from the exam.

~ You’ll have 30 minutes to read and think about the issue in the writing prompt, and to plan and write your essay. Do some planning before writing the essay. Carefully consider the prompt and make sure you understand it. Think of how best to organize the ideas in your essay. Use specific examples.

Preparing for the ACT is important for your college education and your future.

Deanna Mascle writes about many college, learning and education topics. Visit her blog Teens Learn More at http://TeensLearnMore.com

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What You Need To Know About The ACT Test Registration Process

By Linda Hinkle

Getting through the ACT test registration process the first time can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you familiarize yourself with the details well in advance, you can avoid that overwhelmed feeling of drowning in paperwork.

As a high school mathematics teacher for many years, I would watch as students got caught up in frenzy every time the deadline for ACT test registration rolled around. They would rush to the counselor’s office, grab the packet, and hurriedly fill out the forms so that they could get it to the post office to be postmarked just in time to meet the deadline!

Plan now to not wait until the last minute to register. Some basic information you need to know about the registration process follows.

Options for registering:

You may register online or by using a registration packet. The cost is the same for each option, and online registration is quicker and easier. However, there are some circumstances under which you must use the registration packet. You must use the packet if you:

need disability accommodations
need to change your test center or test date
are testing outside the United States
are using a state-funded voucher or fee-waiver
are enrolled in grade 6, 7, 8, or 9
do not have a Visa or Mastercard
A third option for registration is by telephone, but only if you have registered for a national test date within the last two years. There is an additional $10 charge added to the basic fee for this option.

Registration Fees:

The basic fee for the ACT (No Writing) is $29. The fee for the ACT Plus Writing is $43. The basic fee includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges.

Requesting Arranged Testing:

You must request arranged testing if:

you are a homebound or confined student
there is no testing center within 50 miles
your religious beliefs prohibit Saturday testing
Additional Fees That May Apply:

There are various additional fees that can apply which include late registration, changing your testing date or testing center, requesting reports be sent to more that four colleges, as well as some other circumstances.

This is a brief overview of the ACT test registration process for those who have no extenuating circumstances. If you need more complete information, you can find it at the ACT website, www.ACT.org

Linda Hinkle is an educator and advocate for parents of high school students. For more information and articles about high school and getting ready for college, visit her website http://www.highschoolstuff.com

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Can You Improve Your ACT Test Score?

By Edgar Dapremont

The standardized testing for college entrance has been around for decades and it is not going to change. Colleges are convinced that these test give them a measure of how students will perform at their institutions. If you want to get into a good university you need to achieve the highest score possible. It is possible that almost everyone can improve their test scores.

The weight that is placed on the ACT and SAT scores may vary from college to college. However, by taking one of these is a requirement if you want to attend college. There is the additional benefit of scholarships which depend on what score you achieve on the test.

Research has proven that students will do better if they prepare for the test. There are numerous courses offered to help students to improve their scores and some are expensive. There are free online sites that give tips to students on test taking and offer practice questions and tests.

Students have to make up their minds to work because nothing will occur by osmosis. In many cases they have never been taught to take tests or to think clearly under testing conditions. Parents should encourage their young students as much as possible because the rewards for preparation and hard work can turn into real monetary benefits as well as an outstanding education.

It certainly helps to follow the advice of experienced educators who have spent a lifetime preparing young students to perform well on these tests.

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