My DS is everything any of the academies would want: bright, born leader, elected leader, volunteers, swimmer, outgoing, the list goes on and on and on. Academically he is #1 in his class (sometimes #2- he keeps vying with one girl!) Unfortunately, we are from a very small very rural school district- he will graduate in a class less than 70 people. We are also from a state with very poor education standards and opportunities. While he pushes himself to take the most challenging classes, he's kind of run out of classes he can take to be challenging. (I hope all of that made sense.) At this point, the biggest problem we have is those darn standardized tests. If he has all the time he needs, he scores amazing. Once he's timed, he's about 4 minutes short per test- which leaves him with an average ACT score of 22- not strong enough. What suggestions do you have to help him get faster, to be better? I KNOW he can do it, but the pressure and stress of being able to get this done properly is making him feel even worse- giving even more test anxiety. *sigh. Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for listening, for your time, mama bear.