SAT Prep Suggestions

AllAloha

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My DS and I have been looking at SAT/ACT prep courses online. He has been using Khan Academy on his own but has had a hard time keeping motivated on a daily basis. We both agree that a class of some sort that has a scheduled time with personal feedback would help him. There are so many programs to choose from, I wonder if anyone has some advice and personal experience with any of these online programs. Actually, any SAT prep advice would be helpful.
 

EEBTTF

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My DS tried the online with little success. We found a local SAT/ACT coach/tutor that he would meet with weekly. He had a dramatic improvement after working with this coach for a few months. The tutor taught him how to take the test as opposed to just focusing on the problem solving side. Not sure if you have local tutors, but it worked in our case.
 

NJROTC-CC

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DS just started on-line review course with Princeton Review. The course meets every Sunday 2-5 p.m. on-line. The course goes through September, but DS has a slot to take the SAT for the first time on August 29th. He will likely take the SAT more than once. Sunday afternoons are perfect for us because it is the only time where DS never has conflicting school or ECA's. (Our high school normally starts again in early August.) I can't tell you how good the class is because I am not watching with him. However, I think anyone who puts in the time will benefit from any review course.
 

Twins4us

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After struggling with Khan, we switched to Prep Scholar for our DS and saw a significant improvement (4 points on the ACT over six months). One caveat is the price. It's expensive. We took the advice of a fellow SAF parent and set up an agreement with our son. We paid for it but if he didn't stick to the set schedule, he would reimburse us for the cost of the program. I believe they even guarantee a certain point increase for ACT or SAT. Just bear in mind that the student must complete the program, which may be extensive.

I also think that taking the tests (actual or practice) repeatedly helped DS learn how to manage his time. It gave him insight as to how the test was structured and where to spend extra moments that would pay off. Good luck.
 

BBQ-Devil

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I will vote for PrepScholar too, especially for the math portion. The program is expensive and requires a lot of manual work on the part of the student, but DS raised his math score significantly and got a 780 on his last attempt.

FWIW, I was not as impressed by the reading portion of the program.
 

UHBlackhawk

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Questions. And then more questions.
This is how my DW improved her MCAT and both my DD and DS improved there ACTs.
 
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We found a local company that had an in-person 30 hour boot camp. It was well worth the money in my opinion. We've heard from friends who used online services and they also had good results. I recommend taking both the SAT and the ACT. My DS originally wasn't planning to take the ACT but followed the advice of a HS counselor and the result was an ACT score that overall was better than his SAT. He ultimately only submitted his ACT to USAFA and other colleges.
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ALF648

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Questions. And then more questions.
This is how my DW improved her MCAT and both my DD and DS improved there ACTs.
+1

Especially for the ACTs which tests both knowledge as well as the ability to answer in a compressed time frame. For every sportscenter highlight, there are thousands and thousands of unseen reps that allow the player to build his/her skills and confidence
 
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