High school tests are updated and changed fairly often. For example, in the middle of last year, the SAT® dropped the essay portion of the test and completely discontinued the SAT Subject Tests. It takes a while for the study guide companies to update their high school test prep materials. This post will help you find the latest study guide each year, to be sure your high school test prep will be effective. Make sure your student prepares for the current version of the test.
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The best high school test prep starts with a high quality study guide.
In the beginning, have the student read the testing instructions. Review one test section at a time, at a leisurely pace. Within a few weeks, transition to one test section (timed) and discuss strategy as needed.
For your study time, consider getting an analog timer to help your student manage their time. Most school settings use an analog clock that shows the passage of time. However, most students use a digital timer, like the one on their phone, which does not show the passage of time. The difference can be confusing to some students as they try to manage the timing of the test. Look at the following timer example; it can be very helpful for practicing tests at home! Visual Timer for Kids - Countdown Ticking Clock
SAT® Prep Recommended Study Guides
The College Board Guide: Official Study Guide 2020 Edition (most current edition)
The Princeton Review Book: Princeton Review SAT Prep, 2022
If your student has been studying for a while and is close to a perfect score, use one of these:
PSAT/NMSQT® Prep Recommended Study Guides
Because the PSAT™ is almost the same as the SAT®, it's less expensive to purchase one test prep book you can use for both the SAT® and the PSAT™. However, if you want a book that is specific to just the PSAT/NMSQT® then I suggest this one: Princeton Review PSAT/NMSQT Prep, 2021.
ACT® Prep Recommended Study GuidesPrinceton Review ACT Premium Prep, 2021
AP® Test Prep Recommended Study Guides
CLEP® Test Prep Recommended Study Guides
Do you need more information? Confused by the acronyms of common tests taken in high school? Learn study strategies, secrets, and pro tips, on the ever-changing PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, ACT®, CLT, AP® and CLEP® in my free, pre-recorded, online workshop, High School Testing Simply Explained.
This short article will give you specific instructions on how to maximize your score on the SAT® and ACT®: College Admission Tests - How to Ace the SAT or ACT®.
If you are ready to take the next step in educating yourself, download my free eBook on AP® and CLEP®, College Credit in High School: Critical Tests that Increase Admission Chances and Decrease College Costs.
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