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Recommended Study Guides for High School Test Prep

High school tests are updated and changed fairly often. For example, the SAT® dropped the essay portion of the test in January 2021. It takes a while for the study guide companies to update their high school test prep materials. Find the latest study guide each year to be sure your high school test prep will be effective, to make sure the student prepares for the current version of the test.  

The best high school test prep starts with a high quality study guide.

  1. Use a study guide specific to the test your student will take.
  2. Use a study guide with real test questions.
  3. Use a calm, matter-of-fact approach along with the study guide.
  4. Use one section of the test, timed, each study session.
  5. Review the incorrect answers in the answer key.

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. 

Suggested Study Guides for Test Preparation

SAT® Prep Recommended Study Guides

The College Board Guide: Official Study Guide 2020 Edition

The Princeton Review Book: SAT® Premium Prep 2021 Edition

If your student has been studying for a while and is close to a perfect score, use SAT 1600: Aiming for the Perfect Score

ACT® Prep Recommended Study Guides

The Princeton Review Book: Cracking the ACT® 2020 Edition

The ACT® Company Book: The Official ACT®Prep Guide, 2020-2021

If your student has been studying for a while and is close to a perfect score, use ACT 36: Aiming for the Perfect Score

AP® Test Prep Recommended Study Guides

Choose study guides for each specific test from Princeton Review. See this example: Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2020 Edition.

Add flash cards from Barron's which can be very helpful. See this example: Barron's AP Biology Flash Cards

CLEP® Test Prep Recommended Study Guides

Take Sample CLEP® Exams: CLEP® Official Study Guide by The College Board 2018

Choose Study Guides for CLEP® Exams: I prefer CLEP® Study Guides by REA 

How do homeschool parents learn about high school testing?

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"

I hope this gives you some peace about high school test prep. If you need some personalized help in your homeschool, please consider joining my Gold Care Club. I can help you find the perfect balance with test prep in your high school! 

SAT®, AP®, and CLEP® are trademarks owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this blog post or The HomeScholar, LLC. 

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