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College admissions tests, specifically the SAT and ACT, are one of the biggest sources of stress and anxiety for high school students. Test Prep is not easy, but it is essential considering that your SAT and ACT test scores can either help or hinder your chances for college admissions and scholarships. Raising your score just a few points can sometimes make a difference. Feeling adequately prepared and more confident can help you do your best on the SAT and ACT.

Students should plan on some type of test prep for the SAT and ACT. Just as athletes practice before a big game to gain confidence and feel more skilled, test takers should practice, too: the more familiar they are with the kinds of questions they will encounter, appropriate test-taking strategies, and pacing themselves, the better their chances will be for doing well. Practice tests are the key to performing well on the SAT and ACT.

The test prep that works for one, may not work for another. If students are self-driven, disciplined, and motivated, they can probably do their test prep on their own and be successful. However, if students need a teacher and specific time to meet each week in order to prepare for the SAT and ACT, they would probably benefit from a test prep course.

Parents who are looking for a good test prep course should consider a small local company with good instruction and quality practice materials. Their courses are more reasonably priced and often prepare students every bit as well as large test prep companies. Regardless of what you have been told, read the fine print: There are no guarantees. Good test prep requires time, practice and review, but you don’t need to go broke paying for it.

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