Help your child aim for high SAT and ACT scores

Many high school students across the country are getting ready to take a big test – or multiple tests – towards college admission. Here are some ways your child can prepare for their best effort on the SAT and ACT exams.

Choose the right test

While no school can advise one test over the other, there are differences between the two when it comes to measuring your strengths. Depending on the school, both tests may not be necessary. If your child plans on applying to the California State University or University of California systems, check to see which test scores are recommended.

Simulate the test

Full-length practice tests and answer explanations are available for free download online. To better prepare for the exam, try simulating the test day experience by working in a quiet area without interruptions. This will help with time management and practice filling out math grid-ins, which can be tricky if it’s their first time bubbling in answers the day of the test.

Know your weaknesses

Practice tests can give a good estimate of real SAT test scores. Have your child look back at their answers and understand the mistakes. From there, prioritize the areas that need most improvement. If math is their strength, try focusing on reading comprehension and expanding vocabulary. If your child scores higher in reading and writing, try memorizing formulas and working on more math problems. Knowing your weaknesses and strengths will help you better prepare and master the test.

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