Standardized Test Myths

Standardized Test Myths

When it comes to preparing for standardized tests, everyone seems to have an opinion. However, it’s important to note that while test tips are well-intentioned, they don’t necessarily translate into good or even practical advice. Here are four of our favorite standardized test myths:

Myth 1: Taking both tests will double your chances of doing well

If you are remarkably better at one test, it should become evident pretty quickly after some practice. If it doesn’t, then you are probably like most students and will do equally well on either. Pick the test you feel more comfortable with and put all your efforts into that test.

Myth 2:    The ACT is an easier test than the SAT

The ACT is a different test, not better or easier. In fact, most kids will get similar scores on both. Note though that “most” does not mean everyone—and it might not mean you.

 

Myth 3: The SAT is more coachable than the ACT

Familiarize yourself with both. Take a practice test of each. Then, compare not just your scores but also your relative strengths and weaknesses on each test. Which areas of weakness are likely to be the easiest for you to improve?

Myth 4:   You should take the SAT or ACT as often as you can

Unless you plan to be a professional test-taker, you are probably better served by taking the SAT and ACT only a couple of times.

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SAT/ACT Guides and Preparation:

E-Prep: http://www.eprep.com/

SAT Test Dates 2013-2014: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees.html

ACT Test Dates 2013-2014: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html

A List of SAT Subject Test Schools: http://www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx

National Center for Fair and open Testing (FairTest): www.fairtest.org

Number2.com: www.number2.com

SAT (College Board): http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/prep_one.html

ACT: www.act.org

 

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