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The team at PREPWORKS has helped thousands of
students achieve personal bests on SAT and ACT scores
since 2005. In the process, they’ve figured out a few key
tips that will help students preparing for these important
tests strive for success.
have a plan. Your scores may not
be the only reason you get into your
dream school, but they may be the
reason why you don’t. These important
test scores serve as a significant first
filter, so carefully plan your timeline.
Be prepared. According to the
College Board (the company that
administers the SAT), taking the test
multiple times yields an average of 57
points improvement. At PREPWORKS, we guarantee
200 points of improvement and our students
average 300+ points.
Try both tests. The SAT and
ACT are very distinct. Many students
are more comfortable with one test
than the other, so it’s important to
try both. If you haven’t tried one,
PREPWORKS offers free practice tests for both
exams throughout the year.
Find a tailored program.
Many test-prep programs group
students together by day and
time preferences, not academic
compatibility. Beware of one-size-fits-
all programs, where high scorers are bored and low
scorers are lost.
Set your target score.
Know the average score range
that’s required for admissions to
the schools you are considering.
Standardized test scores serve as a
means to an end. Set your goals and keep focused.
8. Don’t cram. Scoring well is a
practiced skill, so have a specific test
date in mind while preparing and use a
comprehensive prep program tailored
to culminate right before the test.
Practice how you play.
Students must practice good habits
and personal pacing to ensure that
they have the skills needed on official
test day. As the saying goes, “Practice doesn’t make
perfect...perfect practice makes perfect.”
School Vs. Testing. Being
a good student in school doesn’t
necessarily translate to success on
these tests. It’s essential to learn
proven strategies, practice personal pacing and build
mental stamina specific to the SAT or ACT.
Own your program. Take
ownership of the process and believe
in your ability to improve. This isn’t the
time to kick back and hope that it’ll all
Don’t forget. Bring your
test admission ticket, No. 2
pencils, photo ID, a calculator,
snack and watch.
For more tips or to speak directly with a PREPWORKS
Program Advisor, call 305.361.2400 or visit their
website at PREPWORKS2400.com.