Ugh, the SAT and ACT exams. *shudder*
You remember these notorious exams from your high school days, don’t you?
They’re just as beastly as you remember. Only, there’s more riding on them nowadays.
College admissions is more competitive than ever!
Although you can’t take the test for your teen (and who’d even want to), there are a few things you can do to help him to prepare.
Proctor an SAT and/or ACT exam for your teen at home.
This will help to determine which exam your teen may be stronger with, and potentially more comfortable with, from the get-go.
Taking a practice exam also helps in many other ways:
- It gives an understanding of the concepts covered on the test.
- It helps your teen become familiar with the test’s format and timing.
- It shows where your teen’s strengths and weaknesses lie, and can point in a good direction for where to spend some time preparing before test day.
Pick up an ACT or SAT study guide from the bookstore with practice exams included.
Or, download free, full-length SAT and ACT practice exams, along with a table to help determine which test is best for your teen.
Know the testing center.
Students will often take the exam at a high school that’s unfamiliar to them.
If this is the case for your teen, it’s always a great idea for you both to take a drive prior to test day to learn where the testing center is located and how long it takes to get there.
Go inside, if possible, so your teen’s familiar with the landscape.
Stress and anxiety are often amplified when there are unknowns. The location of the testing center shouldn’t be something else to stress over!
Collect essential gear before test day.
There’s nothing worse than running out the door for a very important meeting (or exam) and feeling like you’ve forgotten something.
Your teenager needs a nice, relaxed morning to start the day, so let’s be sure everything is gathered and ready the night before the test.
Here are the essentials:
- Printed admissions ticket
- Photo ID (make sure it meets the standards of the SAT and ACT to get in)
- No. 2 pencils with erasers
- An approved calculator with fresh batteries (check each website to learn which are acceptable)
- A watch (make sure there’s no alarm)
- Drinks, snacks for break
Put everything in a bag by the door so there’s no thinking involved in the morning.
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