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SAT Test Prep

Postby tsth » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:04 pm

What has worked? Any recommendations? software OR book prep? Both? What software? What book? Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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Postby StellarStory » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:18 pm

We tried the book and my girl did great when she took it in 10th grade. She did better than I did as a Junior in public school. She did well enough to get into any college she is looking at.

She wanted to score higher so she took a prep course at a local community college $99.00 and scored higher.

She still wants to do better to get into the "good scholarship money." So I asked around my local homeschooling community and found someone that charges about $500 for a prep course (not just for homeschoolers but for any teens) and "guarantees" a higher score.

I figure we are talking about $5000-10,000 or more a year in scholarship money vrs the $500, it's worth it.

This was for the ACT though, not the SAT. Still the same things should work.

Good luck!

Please let us know how it turns out!
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Postby tsth » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:58 am

Dear Stellar,

We've not ever taken any sort of test for college, so I purchased the "Kaplan SAT/ACT/PSAT Platinum" Prep CD, along with the College Board Prep book. We'll see how that helps us to start out?

I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with any of the materials like these out there?


I don't think we're ready to do classes yet, but it might come to that?


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Postby StellarStory » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:07 am

That's what we did the first year, just the book.

Good luck!

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Postby SJHS » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:26 pm

When my daughter took the CHSPE, we bought her the prep book by Baron. It got her used to taking that sort of exam, and it helped her realize which areas in math she needed to work on more. By the time she finished the book, her practice scores were much better than her pre-tests. I think that the prep book is a good place to start, then you can determine if your child(ren) needs further training or tutoring.

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Free SAT Prep Website

Postby Mr. E-Tutor » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:09 pm

Hi guys -

I've been a private SAT tutor for more than a decade, and I've recently launched a few totally free SAT prep websites. They may not be too pretty (I'm a tutor, not a web designer), but the information there is better than what you'll find even in the thousand-dollar-plus range for the classes.

My website, www.MysteryTutor.com, contains a full free video course. I try to keep them brief and entertaining :wink:

www.MysteryTutorBlog.com has my video explanations to the College SAT Question of the day.

www.MysteryTutorVault.com has my explanations to every question in the Official SAT Study Guide, and because it's a forum site you can ask me any questions you like.

I hope you guys will check out my sites and let me know what you think. Feel free to ask me any questions you like about SAT prep on this forum or on mine.

Here's a few comments on what I've seen in this thread--

The SAT and the ACT are 'built' differently. The patterns and tricks on one test will not necessarily work on another, so be careful trying to apply strategies from one test to the other test.

Also, the only practice tests you should ever use are in the College Board's Official SAT Study Guide, because those practice tests are made by the College Board, who makes the SAT. Other practice tests will not follow the same patterns and will not teach you the right skills.

Anyway, I hope this helps, and please ask me any questions you might have.

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Postby StellarStory » Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:08 pm

Cool! Thanks for posting!

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Postby quixotic » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:43 pm

I have been working for some time on a website with SAT mathematics practice examples.
I think it could be useful to some of the readers of this forum. There are no usernames or passwords requirements and the site is free.
www.free-test-online.com

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Postby StellarStory » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:33 pm

Update:

My girl got a four year academic scholarship to the college of her choice!

Woo hoo!

Now I'm trying to get my boy the athletic scholarship he wants. It's a great deal more complicated!

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Postby Forum_User » Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:04 pm

Although this is late(Just in case for anyone still wondering), collegeboard has a lot of free practice questions and explanations. Collegeboard is the official site for the SAT too.

You do have to search around but I'll list the free stuff you can find on the site:

1. Question of the Day(If you want to restudy them later, you'll have to copy them and print it out or something because they don't archive the QotD as far as I know).

2. Dozens of practice questions for each subject(They're listed on the site I linked to).

3. A free nearly full length practice test(it excludes only one section).

4. PSAT questions and explanations (Only if you took the PSAT, if you did, it allows you to view the PSAT questions and answers and explanations. You need to create an account first before you can view your PSAT).

5. Finally, there's also an "SAT Insight"(last I remembered) section that also has a lot of practice questions too. Unfortunately I missed this part and thought it was a "pay feature" part of the site(some of it was but some of it was free).

All 5 are all free, you just have to search around(I forgot the exact links since I haven't visited the site in a while after I completed my SAT), I studied using the collegeboard site mainly and it worked out real well.

You can also pay for extra questions if you completed all the free questions you can find on the site but I did fine just using only the free stuff.
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Postby homescholar » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:00 pm

We used Princeton Review "11 Practice Tests for the SAT". We did it at home, and we were conscientious about doing one section of one test about 3 days a week when the kids started sophomore year. Both of my boys raised their scores about 200 points PER SECTION just by practicing regularly with real tests at home. They did both get full tuition scholarships to their first choice university, too! Woo Hoo! You don't have to take a review class, though. It just depends on how compliant your child is with studying, because they have to actually do it, you know? I hope that helps!
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Postby HSCollegeGuide » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:28 pm

The Princeton Review, http://www.princetonreview.com/ as stated above is great. A good free resource is Grockit, http://grockit.com/.

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SAT words practice

Postby Bob92 » Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:37 am

Here you can find some tests for SAT words practice http://englishtests.ucoz.com/

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forgetting math

Postby Reepicheep » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:16 pm

If your child is far along in math by 11th grade, this can actually hurt him or her come SAT time. Ironically, much of the math on the SAT is too simple; your child will not have seen anything like it in years, and may therefore be rusty.

This is why some sort of prep book or class is essential for your brilliant math student. Do not assume that bc he is getting easy A's in Calculus at the local community college that he does not need to prep for the SAT math section!
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Postby Theodore » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:32 am

If he's getting A's in Calculus, the only part he'll probably have trouble with is basic geometry. I still have problems with supplementary vs complementary angles and things like that, and was careful to study them before the SAT. Algebra, on the other hand - not hard at all to remember.

(wasn't quite so careful before the PSAT, screwed up a few questions more than I should have and just missed the cutoff for National Merit)


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