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Still struggling with ACT.

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  1. USMA 1994

    USMA 1994 Member

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    I am hoping the OP is looking for honest advice and I will agree with @Cerberi. She stated that the average ACT score is a 22 which would most likely mean that some of the subject scores are less. In the eyes of the academy's the test are not "overblown" and are the only real tool they have to compare and contrast applicants across different school systems. You will be competing against kids that have all of the other stuff as well but also have 30s on their ACT.

    You would struggle getting admitted to most state schools with scores that low and I would question his readiness for college level work. I too grew up in a very poor area with few high school standards. Most of the kids that graduate from these schools do not have the educational foundation to be successful at the college level. I am not stating that it is his fault but it is the dirty secret of public education.

    I would suggest some sort of test taking class that will help with the process of taking the test. One of those classes helped me many moons ago and may be just what he needs but you do not have much time.

    If the scores do not rise to the 28-30 level, investigating a prep school or Junior College might be the best option to help him meet his long term goals. There are different ways to get to his goal. I have a DD who got in on her second try.
     
  2. anchors_away

    anchors_away New Member

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    Could I have the exact class? I'm a sophomore in High School and I would like to get a head start on my standardized tests!
     
  3. Next Generation

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    Certainly. I checked with my friend, and her son did the Kaplan prep: https://www.kaptest.com/sat He did the middle one, the SAT Prep Course in person (the price has gone up since 2014, lol!).

    However, she is hosting an international student and is going to use the video-based program through Kranse.com. She says it is much less expensive and has good ratings.

    I would not hesitate to invest in a program for several reasons. 1) Like it or not, test scores play a HUGE part in almost any application package. 2) You WILL be competing against other students who have completed similar prep courses. 3) Not everyone is successful with self-prep. For this reason, I personally would suggest an in-person program both for the scheduled class times and for the personal interactions with instructors and other serious students.

    My DD's scores weren't weak to begin with, so she could afford to tweak on her own with self prep. Because it wasn't a "class," it was easy to put it on the back burner and only put a few hours of prep in, typically in the days immediately prior to the test. She made modest improvements, but nothing to get excited about. If she had weak scores, you can bet she'd have been doing a program.
     
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  4. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    It's not the test. Your son must adapt. If he's ever in battle, he won't be allowed extra time to figure it out. #1 or 2 in his class with a 22 ACT?
     
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  5. StPaulDad

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    But there are ways to adapt that might allow him to accomplish what he desires. For many learning, reading and comprehension problems there are small devices that can help get over barriers.

    Here's an illustration. I could never tell the difference between lower case d and b, so very early on I went to capital letters for those two. It was a pain when we were doing penmanship in early grade school, but generally I could spell and be understood. That broke down when I got into math in college where upper and lower letters meant different things and I had to use the proper case. My papers were covered with little marks that looked like cherries where I drew a b, decided it was wrong and tried to convert it to a d. At some point my mother noticed this was still going on and wrote the word bed on a sheet of paper. When written in lower case it looks like a bed so you know which is the b and which is the d, so thereafter all my upper division algebra test books had the word bed in the corner of the pages. It's not a solution so much as a coping mechanism.

    Find out what part of testing is the hardest for him and find ways to attack that. It'll be of more use in his life than simply improving this score. Even if he doesn't get the numbers to make this class, he'll have a much better life if he can move this rock and open a path to easier reading.
     
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  6. Sergtim

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    Can you please ask your friend what classes those were. I'm trying to raise my SAT score.
     
  7. Next Generation

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    See my above post from September 8, 2017!
     
  8. Sergtim

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    Next Generation, Thanks a lot.
     
  9. Alaskan

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    One quick interjection. National Merit Scholars are students who finished in the top 5% on the PSAT. These students were going to do well on the SAT regardless of the 700$ course.....
     

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