Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a dime in order to prepare your teen to be successful on the SAT. How can parents help their teen prepare for the SAT without expensive tutors, prep classes or practice books? Here are some helpful tips that may just help your teen earn a high score on the SAT on the cheap.
What is the SAT?
The SAT is a standardized test given by the College Board and required for admission to most colleges and universities in the U.S. The test is usually given to high school seniors in preparation for their college admissions. The SAT scores are used by colleges to determine whether a student will be able to successfully handle college material. How well your teen scores on the SAT can mean the difference between getting into the college of their dreams and sifting through a pile of rejection letters.
Know What Score Your Teen Needs
You can find out from the admissions office of all the colleges to which your teen wants to apply what SAT scores are needed for admission. Once you know what score your teen needs you can aim for that number as a target when studying. The cost of this is free, well maybe just the price of a phone call.
Take Free Practice Tests
Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to ace the SAT. It is going to take a lot of dedicated study from your teen. You can help your teen prepare for the SAT by administering timed tests in the SAT style to them. Practice tests are valuable because they can help identify areas in which your teen needs no further study. This frees up their time to work on those areas they do need to work on.
There are many test prep websites that offer free SAT test prep. Number2.com is a free test prep website that actually tracks student progress over time. Number 2 also sends progress reports to parents every week. Another great free SAT test prep website is ePrep. Although the site also offers a pay version of its course, your teen can study for free using the free trial.
Study Free SAT Test Tips Online
There are innumerable websites that offer tips and tricks to getting better scores on the test. The blog Perfect 800 offers tips on the math portion of the test. Just type “SAT tips and tricks” in your search browser to find some great free test tips.
Use the Free Materials Offered by the Test Makers
There are free practice tests available on the College Board website. Success on the SAT depends in large part on being familiar with the SAT format so having your teen practice these tests and questions is a great start. The test maker’s website offers students free resources such as the SAT question of the day, printable practice tests and test taking tips.
Improve You Teen’s Vocabulary Online
Unless your teen spends their days reading Shakespeare and Dickens, they will need to study vocabulary in order to adequately prepare for the SAT. Simply search for the words “SAT words” online and you will turn up a myriad of free vocabulary lists and practice exercises. Two great sites to try are SparkNotes, which has great info on the entire test, and FreeRice.
Encourage Good Sleep Habits
Being well rested, not just on the night before the test but in general, will help your teen perform better on the SAT.
So there you go, some great tips to help your teen prepare for the SAT. Still not convinced you can prep for the test 100 percent free with great results? A great cheap and effective study guide is The Official SAT Study Guide.
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