College Planning Specialists

June 14, 2007

SAT Test Preparation Options: It’s Your Choice; How Serious are You?

Filed under: Preparing for College — deansguide @ 4:51 pm

The SAT Test is by far the most pressure packed and important test a high school student will take in their preparation to attend the college of their choice. In order to excel at this test, students MUST prepare and prepare thoroughly. There a number of options available to students to help them prepare for this life altering event; according to ePrep, here are a few:

*Self Help Books: These books run anywhere from $15 to $30 and they include practice tests, answer keys, and explanation evaluations.

Pro-Affordability of materials and quick acquisition.

Con-These texts are often very boring and they require intuition on the student’s part due to the single answers given and the lack of depth in evaluations and explanations of the material.

ePrep concludes that “Self Help books are best suited for students who are extremely talented academically and extremely independent and motivated.”

*Classroom Prep Courses: Cost varies from $800 to $2,500.

Pro-Students study and take practice exams under very similar conditions as the actual SAT test is administered under. Instructors are often “dynamic” and student questions can be answered on the spot. Also, parent feedback is encouraged.

Con-According to Karl Schellscheidt, SAT Expert and BSE Princeton University, classroom prep course run into the following problems:

“Courses are expensive. . . they are often only offered in densely populated areas. . . classes are over crowded to maximize profitability. . . and instructor quality is unregulated.”

Schellscheidt’s conclusion is classroom prep courses are best suited for below average students. From “educational and time management” point of view, these courses are not suited to the average, above average, or advanced students.

In our next post, we will examine two more traditional and non traditional methods of preparing for the all important SAT Test. For more information please contact us.


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