WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD START ACT/SAT TEST PREP STUDIES?
Students satisfied with ACT/SAT scores of 30 / 1400 have different prep needs than those who aspire to score 35/1560+ or want a National Merit Scholarship®. Your child’s desired scores, scholarship options and how committed he or she is to achieving them determine when ACT/SAT test prep and tutoring should start. ACT/SAT Goal Priorities When setting ACT/SAT scoring goals with your child, consider the main priorities of college admissions and scholarship committees:
- Grade Point Average. GPA reflects the child’s school performance over time giving college admissions and scholarship committees a long-term view of the child’s efforts.
- ACT/SAT scores. Research shows that students who master standardized testing achieve more competitive ACT/SAT scores and have more clout in college and scholarship application processes.
- Extracurricular activities. Arts, sciences, sports, volunteerism, and citizenship show that students can add to the community both inside and outside the academic walls.
- Time to maximize ACT/SAT scores.
- Skill development in subjects beyond a student’s natural talents.
- SAT/PSAT training first, as it requires less prior knowledge and helps improve GPAs.
- Earlier testing so students can complete other college requirements.