Test Prep for Parents - Getting Your Priorities Straight - Page 2
Websites such as TestPrepAuthority.com provide plenty of free resources, score calculators, etc. to help you prepare for the test (focusing specifically on the SAT while we build), but for now, I want you to remember 4 main points:
- Start prepping NOW! You need to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. This will minimize the stress of the process and ensure adequate time to patch up any weaknesses.
- Set your goals properly. Use the free score calculators to figure out what scores you need to get into your goal schools. Studying without a goal is completely pointless.
- Make sure your child takes frequent diagnostic exams under realistic, timed conditions. Walking into a test cold is an abysmal idea - your son or daughter needs to have a complete familiarity with these exams if he/she wants to succeed. Frequent diagnostics create comfort and confidence, and they build "testing endurance," all of which are essential to high test scores.
- Make sure to work WITH your child. I don't mean you need to do homework with him/her - I mean that you should align your interests and built internal motivation by letting your child know that good test scores will improve his/her chances of going to the schools that he/she wants to go to. Be a partner, and not a boss. The attitude that your child brings to test prep is essential, and students who are internally motivated always do better than students who feel pushed.