Taking college entrance exams can be intimidating for high school students. It's easy to become overwhelmed by a test that covers such a wide array of information. Furthermore, finding effective study strategies can be a challenge. Consider these five tips to help your student conquer entrance exams.
1. Encourage enrollment in challenging courses. Tests such as the SAT and ACT measure reasoning and problem-solving skills taught throughout the course of an academic career. Students who enroll in advanced courses expose themselves to more material, putting them at an advantage when it comes to taking entrance exams. Exposure to material before starting test preparation makes reviewing concepts for standardized tests less stressful.
2. Promote frequent reading. Portions of both the SAT and ACT are devoted to reading and revolve largely around vocabulary and reading comprehension. Reading on a regular basis, particularly from a young age, can expand vocabulary and prepare students for test success.
3. Test at least twice. Students who familiarize themselves with the test can feel more comfortable and prepared when taking the exam. Practice tests help with familiarity to some extent, but students who take the test more than once can be confident in their perception of its format and content.
4. Use technology to your advantage. Technology can be a great way to engage your student in preparing for exams. A myriad of test-prep apps, software programs, and online tutoring programs are available for free or varying fees. However, it's important to remember that tests won't be presented in a digital format. If your student is a technological learner, consider integrating technology with the more traditional pencil and paper approach.
5. Invest wisely in test preparation. Resources are available through various companies at a range of prices. Before investing, carefully consider what the program has to offer and how your student will respond to it. Strive to find a program that meshes well with your student's study needs and fits your budget. Several low-cost or free resources are available through both the ACT and SAT websites.