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SAT and ACT Test Dates for the 2021-2022 School Year
Suggested Test Prep
As a former certified teacher, I can attest to students performing better on standardized tests, like the SAT or the ACT, when they are fully informed of the test format, structure, and feel confident going in. I suggest that students familiarize themselves with the test, including format, when to guess, how to write the essay, and when to “skip” questions, before the initial testing. This can be achieved through self-study, online practice, or with the help of a test prep class.
Here are my recommendations for each category:
1. For students who are self-motivated and disciplined, a self-directed study plan can be beneficial. I recommend:
- Official SAT Online practice by linking student’s College Board account with Khan Academy (steps here)
- Study guide books- Students should read through the sections of concern and then complete 2-3 practice tests
- College Board: The SAT Study Guide book
- Princeton Review’s Cracking the SAT or Cracking the ACT
2. For an in-person test prep class, I recommend:
- Testmasters offers official College Board tests as their “practice tests” and runs about $750-$800 for a 5-6 week course. Testmasters charges $130/hour for in-home private tutoring.
- Method Test Prep has live, virtual courses that provide a good overview, but with only 18 hours of instruction, it should be combined with private tutoring and test practice.
- Princeton Review has ACT test prep courses over 10 sessions with 4 proctored practice tests, for $999- $1499 and SAT prep courses up to $1599.
3. Private tutoring is suggested for students who prefer one-on-one assistance. Private tutoring is also a good option between the student’s first test and their retake.
You can contact Daniel Rangel, math tutor, directly for test prep assistance.
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