College Admissions Exams Preparation
Now that you know all about the college admission exams and have set your target score based on the colleges you are interested in attending (as well as based on scholarship considerations), it is time to make a plan to prepare successfully. Even though it may not be a walk in the park, the recipe for achieving a high score starts with planning.
Get Academic Tutoring
For those students who need it, academic tutoring is a great investment because it allows you to get extra support to strengthen your foundation. Having a strong foundation in math, reading, and writing is extremely important for test prep success. Academic tutoring with a subject-matter expert academic coach offers customized support to help you close any gaps in your understanding of material that will appear on your college admission exams. With academic tutoring, you will begin your future test prep with a solid understanding of the concepts tested. Taking college admission exams with a weak foundation will lead to more struggles, frustration, and lack of confidence; obtaining your target score is an easier feat with a solid foundation from grade level to grade level.
Take a Practice Test
The best way to determine how many points you will need to reach your target test score is to take a practice test. Practice tests allow you to get a feel of the structure, timing, content, and question types on the exam. The PSAT is a great practice for how you’ll fare on the SAT. You can also take a practice SAT (or SAT Subject Test) by downloading a sample test from the College Board website. Likewise, you can take a practice ACT by downloading a sample test from the ACT website (some high schools offer the PLAN as another way to practice for the ACT).
If you are in the Atlanta area, contact a MathSP Team member; we can administer a practice test and score it for you!
Get a Study Guide
It is important to invest in an exam preparation study guide. Because the College Board is the official test maker of the PSAT and SAT, “The Official SAT Study Guide” by the College Board is the best book to use in preparation for both exams. This guide has hundreds of practice problems from 10 full-length exams that you can use to practice solving similar questions to those you will see on your test. If you are preparing for the ACT, “The Real ACT Prep Guide“ by Petersons is the best book to use in preparation for the ACT. This guide includes practice problems from 5 full-length exams.
Though problems change from test to test, concepts tested on these college admissions exams do not change, so using practice questions from past exams in these books to familiarize yourself with the content and question types is absolutely critical to performing well on these exams. So, grab the official SAT or ACT study guide, and start working through the practice problems! The more practice problems you do in preparation for your exam, the better your understanding, accuracy, and timing will be on the real exam!
Hire a Test Prep Coach
Often a test prep coach is a good investment to make sure you are fully prepared and confident going into your test. MathSP test prep coaches provide personally tailored one-on-one interaction to uncover your strengths and weaknesses; we then work with you to continue to build upon your strengths and improve your weaknesses. A coach creates a customized, structured curriculum to facilitate your improvement. Your coach closely monitors your progress from session to session to evaluate your performance and alters your learning path based on your progress and individual needs. We can help you prepare so that you are best positioned to reach your target score – and get accepted!
Take a Test Prep Course
Exam preparation courses are another option that can help improve your testing outcome. In MathSP Test Prep Small Group Courses, each class size is limited to 10 students to maximize student learning and retention. Each student individually benefits from the small size while also learning and interacting with their peers and test prep coach. Students work independently and together to solve problems to ensure individual competence is met. All courses are presented by MathSP expert coaches that have scored near perfect on all sections of the test and undergone intensive training to teach in the MathSP way. Each course is highly interactive and consists of concept-based homework assignments, timed practice sessions, and real practice tests.
Create a Study Plan
How you study is one of the most important keys to success. Whether you work one-on-one with a MathSP test prep coach, enroll in a MathSP prep course, or self-study using an official study guide, knowing how to study is extremely important.
As you begin to study, first create a plan to help you study effectively and minimize stress and cramming. Your study plan should outline your goals for each study session. Map out all of the material that has to be covered and block the times that you plan to study each day. Be sure to write what, when, and how much you will study each day in order to meet your goals. It is a good idea to study new or challenging content while you are most alert, then review material you have already covered to reinforce your understanding. The last day of your plan should lead up to your test date. By then you should feel prepared and confident because you have accomplished everything you set out to in your plan. Keep in mind that if there isn’t enough time to go over everything, you must decide what is most important for the exam and prioritize. And make sure you study in a location where you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted – remember to turn off your cell phone, computer, and television!
The earlier you outline your plan, the more time you will have to prepare, and the more confident you will be going into your exam. By starting early and studying on a regular basis, you will allow yourself time to practice working lots of sample problems from past exams, review your mistakes, and re-work problems that initially were challenging or confusing. Repetition is the key to improving on your weaknesses, so the more time you have, the more time you can spend turning any weak areas into strengths.
Preparing can sometimes be demanding, but devising a good plan will help ease test-taking stress. Some prepare with a test prep coach or prep course; others self-study. Your selected method can be effective if supplemented with a good amount of consistent, focused, and diligent practice!
At MathSP, our academic coaching focuses on helping students master concepts so that whether they are struggling in their current coursework, need to re-visit concepts from past years, or want advanced knowledge to move ahead, they have a solid understanding of the subject matter. Beginning in middle school, we help students conquer math and science subjects to improve their understanding of topics taught in the classroom. In doing so, they improve their academic standing, strengthen their foundation, and master concepts necessary for test prep exams.
Then, our test prep coaching is designed to review concepts and teach test-taking strategies to tackle college admission exams. Coaches use real exam questions published by the test-makers to train students on the types of questions they will encounter on the real exam. With time and practice, students become fluent with the testing format, languge, and approaches necessary to score high on these exams.
Learn more about the MathSP Test Prep options today!