Unrelated to the SATs-ACTs, high stakes tests – such as finals – become a bigger part of one’s academic career as students move into the latter stages of high school. In college, mid-terms and finals – high stakes tests – become an even more significant part of successs.
So when I hear students say “I’m not a good test-taker”, I cringe. Parents, in an effort to bolster the student-child , will often say: “don’t feel bad, you are just not good at tests.”
I immediately tell the student-child who claims to be a bad test taker: “you are untrained test-taker”. After I train you, you will be a better test taker. Having trained at this point several thousand Connecticut students in the SAT-ACT, I can say with certainty that this is true for most every student who goes through one of our test prep programs.
The strange thing is that parents often understand that other disciplines require training to become “good”. Most every one of those young soccer players, ballerinas, violinists was once “bad”. Those that are now “good” received proper training, were taught how to practice correctly, and then practiced/played a great deal.
It turns out the same is true for the SATs.
Given that SAT season is here, now is the best time to get trained in test-taking.