I have purchased your materials when you were at the homeschool fair in Bothell last year. My son is a sophomore. He is very analytical and logical which is good since he wants to be a computer programmer. The problem is that he is not a good test taker because he over analyzes the questions. Is there a program that you recommend to help him learn how to do well on standardized test? He will need to take the PSAT next year and I would like him to be better prepared.
Susan in WA
While searching for some good stuff online, came across a site examville.com,
Their standardized practice tests section is good
That particular book is now called "Cracking the SAT" and it's also wonderful. It doesn't have as many practice tests, but it does have a long section on how to be strategic about the test. It's also a great book.
If that's the Princeton Review's main product for the SAT, they must have re-done the vintage (OK, OK, "old!") book. I remember the book's title was something like "Preparing for the SAT." The book explained the different categories of questions with some examples. They did an excellent job on test-taking strategies, but if you wanted sample tests, either they weren't available "back then" (when I had to walk to school barefoot uphill both ways in the snow for 15 miles) or had to be ordered separately. If Princeton Review still has a book like the one from "waaaaaaaaaay back," then it's pure gold! If the "11 Practice Tests" is the re-do of the "antique" book, then it'd be, like, plutonium. Especially since the "new fangled" essay requirement is something I'd like to know more about!
Yes, the book I recommended, called "11 Practice Tests" is actually written by the Princeton Review. They do a much better job of writing in a conversational style - they are MUCH easier to read than the other test prep books!
Many, many moons ago after not doing so great on the PSAT, my Mom got me a book by the Princeton Review (a quick Google search shows they're still around). I studied it and did quite significantly better on the SAT. I've even taught my elementary-age daughter some of the test-taking strategies in that book because they apply to any multiple-choice test. It's worth looking into.
Scheduling....one thing many of us struggle with as homeschoolers! We find ourselves so busy many times, that we forget that scheduling can help! (A crazy busy life can be avoided!