For high school students a new school year means one step closer to making that big decision: What do I do after I graduate? In this day and age, college is a necessary choice after high school comes to an end. Getting a college degree is one of the most important steps to ensure a well-paying and meaningful career in the future.
In order to secure a position at one of the nation’s many colleges steps must be taken. One of the most important (and often intimidating) steps for college entrance is the SAT test. The SAT (or scholastic aptitude test as it was originally known) is a tool used to evaluate a student’s readiness for college. Since there are so many differences in grading and curriculum from one school to the next, the SAT test was designed to be a universal set of standards to make college admission decisions easier.
Students looking at a college career want to score as well as possible on the SAT and a learning center, such as The Reading Clinic can help. Preparation for the SAT can start months before the test to help students become better prepared for the kinds of questions they will encounter during the test.
As with all of the programs offered at The Reading Clinic, the each SAT preparation program is individualized to the student. The first step is to identify a student’s areas of strength and areas that need improvement. Knowing what sections of the SAT will be a challenge can help guide the study program. Practice tests are a great tool used to identify how a particular student will perform on the SAT and where to direct the support.
It is important in preparing for the SAT that a student start early. Many of the students who come to The Reading Clinic for SAT support start months in advance. This ensures a thorough evaluation and study time. The SAT test is far from a pop quiz. The test is nearly 4 hours long. A test of that magnitude requires ample time to prepare for.
In addition to the extra study and time needed to get ready for the SAT a student can build their confidence by partaking in a program like the one offered by The Reading Clinic. A test like the SAT can be intimidating to a student. By preparing well in advance and taking practice exams the SAT becomes like any other test. A student who goes into the SAT with self-confidence is less likely to be overwhelmed and struggle as a result.
If college is in your child’s future now is a great time to talk with The Reading Clinic about how we can support your child with the SAT.