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BreakThrough Test Prep provides tailored recommendations for how your teen can best prepare and be ready for the SAT or ACT. These recommendations are based on the type of learner your teen is. Successful preparation for these exams cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  Though the exams are obviously the same for every student, how students go about preparing should certainly take into account level, needs, and personality and thereby vary in approach and focus.

Based on ‘type of learner’, I have broken down the optimum strategic approach into 3 broad categories:

  1. The high-achieving, motivated student
  2. The student who lacks confidence but does well in school.
  3. The student with a 504 plan and/or the student who may require accommodations

Strategies for the the high-achieving, motivated student who merely needs ‘tweaking’:

  • Keep on taking those challenging courses
  • READ! If you are a ‘reader’ you know what I’m talking about. Students who enjoy reading books as a pastime, inadvertently have developed the requisite critical thinking skills to score well on ANY standardized exam. (A minimum of 15 minutes a day of leisure reading is what is recommended.)
  • Take a practice test a week beginning 4-8 weeks before the exam.
  • If you are taking the SAT, cull vocab words from your reading – that’s the absolute BEST way to increase your vocabulary. Put each ‘new’ word on an index card with the definition on the back.
  • The summer before freshman or sophomore year, take BreakThrough Test Prep’s Efficient Reading skills course.
  • If your practice test scores are ‘stuck’, give BreakThrough Test Prep a call. Just a few key strategies may make all the difference!

Strategies for the student who lacks confidence on standardized tests but typically does well in school:

  • If you are not a reader, start reading book, concert, CD or movie reviews. Scan backwards through the review to cull vocabulary. Put each ‘new’ word on an index card with the definition on the back. Write a sentence that expresses the author’s point. Write another sentence on why you agree or disagree with his/her point or why you would want to experience that CD, book, movie, etc.
  • Set an intention on what you believe is a realistic score for you to get. Be COMMITTED to that intention.
  • Being mindful of your intended score goal, do a test a week beginning 8 weeks prior to the exam.
  • The summer before freshman or sophomore year, take BreakThrough Test Prep’s Efficient Reading skills course.
  • If your practice test scores are ‘stuck’, give BreakThrough Test Prep a call. Getting a more focused training on how to improve reading speed, comprehension and focus along with the signature BreakThrough strategies and techniques will make all the difference!

Strategies for the student who has a 504 plan and/or the parent who feels their teen may require accommodations:

  • In order to qualify for accommodations – extra time – on the SAT or ACT a full battery of testing must be done. This neuropsychological and/or medical documentation should indicate that the student has been diagnosed with a specific learning or cognitive, psychological, or neurological disorder that puts her at a disadvantage when she competes with her peers.
  • If the testing indicates extra time is necessary, i.e., time and a half or double time, a requirement with the computer to take the exam, the school needs to be contacted to get an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or 504 plan.
  • In most cases if testing has been done in the past, it cannot be more than 5 years old.
  • Go to the College Board and/or ACT website, to get the application and make sure it’s in at least 7 weeks prior to the desired testing date.
  • If it’s denied, APPEAL!
  • The summer before freshman or sophomore year, take BreakThrough Test Prep’s Efficient Reading skills course. This is especially helpful for students with any type of learning issue.
  • Such students greatly benefit from the BreakThrough Test Prep programs’ strategies and techniques as they are tailored to their particular challenge.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions about the above and/or are ready to schedule your complimentary Test Prep Strategy Session.

I look forward to our connecting!

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