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Old 04-16-2012, 04:55 PM
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We have a junior getting ready for his first test in June. What did you guys and gals do to get your kids ready for the ACT.

Many have said to hire a tutor/coach and or practice tests. First time through this rodeo for the Admiral and I. We will likely be a bit more adept as our second one approaches his senior junior/senior year.
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Take the course available on how to improve test scores, my son took one give by Kaplan and achieved the highest SAT in his H.S.
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Take the course available on how to improve test scores, my son took one give by Kaplan and achieved the highest SAT in his H.S.
Ditto. Helped my daughter.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:24 PM
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My GF said buy THE BOOK on Amazon and study. I don't know what she was talking about, but she had a perfect SAT score, so I guess she knows what she's talking about.

Funny thing, she's practicing to take a test in a couple of weeks for national accreditation and I'm helping her with math. I didn't go to college (1 semester) and she has two degrees.

The thing about tests, they heavily favor memorization. So a school/class or long hours of pouting over a book thats geared toward improving scores is the way to go. The main thing is, practice, practice, practice.
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A class is the way to go. I did it and did pretty well on my SAT's and just took a class this past weekend for my contractors license exam. I like to hear and learn from people that have been about to compile info from all over.
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We spent the $ for the kaplan course for my Junior, his score climbed almost 500pts in the 2 months he has been doing it. Right now his last score was just over 2000 and he is an A+ (4.25gpa) student w/ 4 different AP courses this year. Just because they're great students does'nt mean they understand the SAT test structure. It's all about HOW they want you to answer, not the only correct answer.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
We have a junior getting ready for his first test in June. What did you guys and gals do to get your kids ready for the ACT.

Many have said to hire a tutor/coach and or practice tests. First time through this rodeo for the Admiral and I. We will likely be a bit more adept as our second one approaches his senior junior/senior year.
If your son is a Junior right now he's already a little late to the game, you really want to get moving.


My son is also a junior and is going thru the same thing. Actually he's all done. Last summer he had a tutor / coach @ $50.00 an hour, once a week for 2 hours at a time for 8 weeks. So far he has taken the SAT's (3) times, twice last fall and once over the winter. He topped out a little over 2100. He also took the subject test, I forgot what he got. He's also taken the ACT's twice, not sure what he scored. He did say he thought the ACT test was a little easier. He currently has a 4.15 GPA and is ranked very high in his class.

One thing to keep in mind is ACT scores are accepted at most colleges but not all.

If you have not started looking at colleges DO IT NOW!!!. We have looked at 10 so far with another 4 to go. I was blown away by the amount of Sophomores and even Freshmen visiting schools.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:08 AM
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Right now his last score was just over 2000 and he is an A+ (4.25gpa)
Thanks for teaching an old dog new tricks! When I read what you wrote, I couldn't figure out how someone got a 2000 when the highest was 1600. It used to be that a 4.0 average was the highest GPA till my GF explained why she had a higher than a 4.0 this past semester in college.

For anyone that didn't know, prior to 2006, the SAT's were based on a 1600 scale. 2006 and after, the SAT's are based on a 2400 scale.
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Originally Posted by grgrmouse View Post
We spent the $ for the kaplan course for my Junior, his score climbed almost 500pts in the 2 months he has been doing it. Right now his last score was just over 2000 and he is an A+ (4.25gpa) student w/ 4 different AP courses this year. Just because they're great students does'nt mean they understand the SAT test structure. It's all about HOW they want you to answer, not the only correct answer.
Great advice..."It's all about HOW they want you to answer, not the only correct answer".

This is especially true for the math section. If you take more than 1 minute to answer, your approach is wrong even though it may produce the correct answer. Your kid needs an open mind on how to answer and not be brain washed with the way it was learned. sometimes you need to look at the answers to understand the solution.
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My friends kid took the ACT 3 times last year.

He needed a 20. He got a 16 and a 17 on the first 2.

The rumor going around was you got a 5 point curve depending on race.

The third time he took it he checked the "black" box. He got a 21.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:32 AM
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Take a course and do as many full timed practice tests as possible.

I took 18 practice LSATs timed in a room with other people before my real one. 3 month prep course. Test scores make all the difference when dealing with millions of prospective students competing.
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