Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
Although few teens want to hear it, summer is the best time of year to work on preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. Given the choice between slogging through algebra problems and chilling by the pool, most teens would certainly pick the pool – but those few teens who choose to spend time over the summer prepping for those upcoming exams will reap great rewards.
Why Prep Over Summer?
Neither the SAT nor the ACT is offered during the summer, so the next big test date is still months away in October. With that much time to spare, why bother wasting those precious summer months preparing?
Summer freedom makes test prep easier...
Since students aren’t struggling with homework, long school days, and extracurricular activities during the summer, these months of freedom make test prep far less stressful than during the school year. Students who want to get their preparation over with have the option of taking longer classes, multiple times a week; in fact, C2 Education offers a summer SAT Boot Camp for just this purpose. Without the routines of the school year, students can schedule classes for any day of the week in whatever arrangement suits their personal schedules, attending as often as four days per week or as little as one day per week.
Test prep is a marathon, not a sprint...
Preparing for a test like the ACT or the SAT is a lengthy process. Students cannot expect to cram a few dozen vocabulary words into their heads and call it a day. Instead, strong preparation requires mastering fundamental skills, naturally building a broader vocabulary, familiarizing yourself with the test and with each type of question that could be asked, and acquire valuable testing skills.
The National Merit Scholarship:
All high school juniors who take the PSAT in October are automatically entered to win the highly prestigious National Merit Scholarship, but only .6% will actually win the scholarship. Because there are so few recipients, colleges and universities often actively recruit scholarship finalists, making PSAT performance a great college admissions opportunity. (Click here to learn more about the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship!) Rising juniors who hope to become National Merit finalists should begin preparing for the PSAT during summer vacation in order to maximize free time and earn the highest scores possible. Because the PSAT is incredibly similar to the SAT, rising juniors can kill two birds with one stone by taking a good SAT prep class during the summer.
The junior year grind...
For most students, junior year of high school is often the most difficult and time consuming. In junior year, students are expected to take on leadership roles in athletics and extracurricular activities, often take on part jobs, often take multiple Advanced Placement classes, and are pressured to earn top grades since junior year grades count for a lot in the college admissions process. Amidst all of this stress, how are juniors supposed to prepare for the SAT? Rising juniors who hope to get ahead should utilize this summer to start prepping for the ACT or SAT before the junior year grind begins.
The last chance for seniors...
Rising seniors only have a few testing dates remaining before they begin applying to college. Seniors will need to take the October or November SAT in order to get their scores to colleges in time. And since prepping takes time, this summer may well be the last opportunity for rising seniors to boost those test scores!
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