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Test Prep Like Marathon Training

Test Prep Like Marathon TrainingPreparing for the SAT or ACT Test is Like Training for a Marathon. 


Figure out which race you can win. Choose between the SAT or ACT test, to see which one makes your child look smarter. Study for just one test. They aren't really the same, and it takes a couple of months to study for one specific test over the other. Studying for both at the same time, especially close to the test date, can be detrimental.

Prepare for running one race at a time.


Help your child study for the test that they are currently planning to take. If you have them practice for the test they are not taking, the preparation will be slightly different, so studying for the opposite test can have an impact on their overall score. To study, spend about 30 minutes at a time, 3 days a week, doing one section of one test each time. It works great! If you do that consistently, you can raise your child’s score dramatically. Remember to remove some of your normal English class on the days you do test prep, so you don't double up on English hours.

Prepare for the distance.


Both the SAT and ACT test are LONG, and it can sure feel like running a marathon! Besides your regular test preparation, occasionally run a full-length race. About once a month, give a full-length, timed, practice test at home. That will condition your child for endurance. This is the part of your test prep that is preparing your child for the duration of the test. It's extremely beneficial to practice a full length timed test at least once a month - it's like practicing for a marathon; sometimes you just have to practice by running a long distance!

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Guest - Lee (website) on Sunday, 08 February 2015 08:01

For Saxon Advanced Math, that's often listed as 1/2 credit geometry and 1 credit pre-calculus. Unless you did a separate geometry course, that's why it takes 1-1/2 years to complete that book - it's really a 1.5 year class, worth 1.5 credits. The study you do for the math section is part of your math credit. OR you can combine all you SAT, ACT prep with other test prep experiences, and then call it a study skills class.
I hope that helps!
Blessings,
Lee

For Saxon Advanced Math, that's often listed as 1/2 credit geometry and 1 credit pre-calculus. Unless you did a separate geometry course, that's why it takes 1-1/2 years to complete that book - it's really a 1.5 year class, worth 1.5 credits. The study you do for the math section is part of your math credit. OR you can combine all you SAT, ACT prep with other test prep experiences, and then call it a study skills class. I hope that helps! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Robin on Saturday, 07 February 2015 12:39

Hi Lee,
Thank you so much for reminding us to focus on one test at at time. It is so easy to get caught up in a testing frenzy! Your comment about reducing English time when preparing for the ACT or the SAT brought a question about math to mind. My son is a sophomore and has now completed Saxon Algebra 1, 2, & Advanced Mathematics. Since he finished the Adv.Math in early January, he's been doing practice problems for the ACT and the SAT math tests for his math work each day. (He'll start Calculus in his junior year.) What's the best way for me to name or describe this math work when I prepare his course descriptions & transcripts? Do I separate it from his Saxon work or group it all together? Thank you so much!

Hi Lee, Thank you so much for reminding us to focus on one test at at time. It is so easy to get caught up in a testing frenzy! Your comment about reducing English time when preparing for the ACT or the SAT brought a question about math to mind. My son is a sophomore and has now completed Saxon Algebra 1, 2, & Advanced Mathematics. Since he finished the Adv.Math in early January, he's been doing practice problems for the ACT and the SAT math tests for his math work each day. (He'll start Calculus in his junior year.) What's the best way for me to name or describe this math work when I prepare his course descriptions & transcripts? Do I separate it from his Saxon work or group it all together? Thank you so much!
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 30 January 2015 18:49

Nikki,
Thanks so much for letting us know the links didn't work! We'll get that fixed up in a jiffy. Here are those links for you:

Choosing Between SAT or ACT
http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/choosing-between-the-sat-or-act-2/

Score Comparison Chart: SAT, ACT, and Percentile
http://www.thehomescholar.com/pdf/score-comparison-chart-SAT-ACT-percentile.pdf

Schedule Test Preparation
http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/schedule-test-preparation/10962/

Here is a Sample ACT
http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf

Here is a Sample SAT
http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test

Blessings,
Lee

Nikki, Thanks so much for letting us know the links didn't work! We'll get that fixed up in a jiffy. Here are those links for you: Choosing Between SAT or ACT http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/choosing-between-the-sat-or-act-2/ Score Comparison Chart: SAT, ACT, and Percentile http://www.thehomescholar.com/pdf/score-comparison-chart-SAT-ACT-percentile.pdf Schedule Test Preparation http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/schedule-test-preparation/10962/ Here is a Sample ACT http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf Here is a Sample SAT http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test Blessings, Lee
Guest - Nikki on Friday, 30 January 2015 18:22

Hi Lee,
I love your resources and I think this post will be very helpful to us as we get closer to the testing season of life. I would like to look at the Test Prep resources you have linked to, but the links appear to be broken. If they start working, please let me know!

Hi Lee, I love your resources and I think this post will be very helpful to us as we get closer to the testing season of life. I would like to look at the Test Prep resources you have linked to, but the links appear to be broken. If they start working, please let me know!
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