Where You Go to School May Not Matter As Much as You Think

Where You Go to School May Not Matter As Much as You Think

If you're the parent of a college-bound teen, you have probably driven yourself up the wall trying to read all of the opinion pieces out there about costs of sending your son or daughter to college. You probably have also read a good many articles about whether it really matters if your teen does or does not get into Ivy League schools. Here at Breakthrough Test Prep, we make it our business to be straight with parents not only about SAT/ACT issues, but also about these larger questions that everyone confronts. So, here's our advice:  we agree wholeheartedly that WHERE your teen ends up going – particularly true for the undergraduate years – likely will not determine WHO your son or daughter is or lock in their longer-term job prospects. The consensus is where your teen goes to graduate school is what really matters. This debate has certainly continued for decades, and there are those out there who insist that only Ivy League credentials...
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Why Your Teen’s PSAT Score is Important

Why Your Teen’s PSAT Score is Important

The PSAT is given in many counties as early as grade 8 through grade 11. Parents are more mindful of the the 10th grade PSAT and often regard the one to be taken in 11th grade as superfluous. Not so! Learn the purpose of the sophomore PSAT and why the one taken by juniors is so important. Taking the PSAT as a 10th grader is a great opportunity to experience the exam which is why most schools – both public and private – want their students to take it. I advise parents to have their students take this administration seriously. This does not necessarily mean enrolling in intensive preparation.  It does mean doing the best they can. (I recommend our PSAT Prep Workshop for sophomores. It will give them an ideal overview of the core strategies.) By taking the exam ‘seriously’, you will have a better idea of your teen’s score goal for the SAT and what areas of weakness to focus on for further...
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