York Prep Helps Students Choose Summer Standardized Test Preparation

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As high school students anticipate returning to a hectic schedule as summer ends, some educators suggest using vacation time to prepare for SAT and ACT tests. New York City private school, York Prep, discusses these options in detail.

For decades, the SAT and ACT standardized tests have remained one of the most paramount events of a high school student’s education. While such examinations are crucial for college application procedures, many students find it difficult to prepare for them during a busy school year schedule. A recent article from The Wall Street Journal suggests that summer SAT/ACT courses can be an excellent way for teenagers to prepare. As a private school that is focused on preparing its students for university life, York Prep weighs in on these options.

Jayme Stewart, York Prep’s co-founder and College Counselor, explains that while taking SAT or ACT prep courses are a great way to learn about such examinations, sometimes it is best to wait to prepare. She notes, “We have no hard and fast rules at York Prep, but are concerned that students may start too early. Usually, the summer between 10th and 11th grade is the earliest we recommend if a student is to take such a course.” As the article suggests, when making the most out of a course, one must fully assess the student’s weaknesses and strengths when it comes to the test. However, if the student starts preparation too early, they may not be able to know what areas to work on or have a full comprehension of how to differentiate between the exam’s materials.

Co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, Eileen Huntington tells The Wall Street Journal that it is essential to continue practice. Huntington states that the best way to do this is through full-length, timed practice tests that many summer preparation courses can arrange. Without forming a well-planned schedule of goals and study areas, one may miss out on several key elements of a standardized test. York Prep suggests that if students take these courses during the summer, it is best to do so the summer before 12th grade so that there is little lapse between the training and the exam.

Even if a student does want to take such courses, Jayme Stewart notes that they can be costly depending on how reputable they are. Fortunately, Stewart says there are several ways students can save on such expenses. She explains, “York Prep students are taught that a great deal of preparation can be done at home with the right books and without a course. For those on a budget who just want to take a short course to brush up their skills, they are probably better advised to wait until 11th grade to take that course.”


York Prep is a private school founded by Ronald and Jayme Stewart in New York City’s Upper West Side. The school serves students in grades 6-12 with enrollment currently at 340 students. Today, the school creates its curriculum and course offering based on the needs and abilities of its students. For more information, visit http://www.yorkprep.org.

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