I am often asked how to improve a dismal SAT or ACT score. Here are some basic ways to improve your child’s score.
Ideally in grade nine your child should be practicing the math, verbal and writing portions of the SAT and ACT exam. I generally start students studying SAT and ACT vocabulary words. You may use index cards with the word on one side and the definition on the other. I even encourage middle school students are encouraged to use an SAT word in a sentence I have also used cartoon SAT word books to help students remember vocabulary.
If you have an older child who is a Sophomore or Junior, you still have time to practice! Start them prepping months before they take the test. If you don't have the time—consider broadening your options with a writing portfolio.
Practice Makes Perfect
Keep practicing by taking actual practice exams or testing more than once. Not only will your student get used to the questions that will be asked, the practice will reduce stress. Often students stress about the exam and this inhibits their ability to concentrate.
Take a Systematic Approach
Engage in a systematic preparation. Do not just assume your child will do well on the SAT. There are some students whom attend SAT summer camps to ensure an excellent score on the exam. Online and live courses will help raise your score and put you in the running for scholarships.
Want to learn more about setting your child up for success? Check out my blog on mastering studying.
Prof. Cheryl is a professor, author and homeschooling mom and the developer of the Young Author and College Prep Writing classes where through rigor , practice and targeted skill building, students develop their collegiate and creative writing skills. Visit www.Learn4college.com/about to learn more.
Professor Cheryl Carter is a professor, freelance writer, and prolific author.