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bottomofthehill Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:40 PM
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SAT prep class
If you had a high school aged child, would you sign him/her up for a SAT prep class and if so, which one
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:41 PM
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1. Nope.
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HubertHeaver Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:47 PM
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2. yes
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:47 PM
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3. Depends on the student.
Maybe look into hiring an independent tutor. The Prep businesses all take a hefty cut. I worked for one back in college, but learned quickly I could earn more on my own and could still give the family a much lower rate.
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bottomofthehill Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:58 PM
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5. good student but
I am hoping she can get into a va state school, that will make it a lot easier to affors a good educatiom
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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:50 PM
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4. No. n/t
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 11:00 PM
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6. Depends if s/he tests well.
Getting comfortable in the situation can help a lot.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 11:06 PM
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7. give your kid a timed practice test to see where she is
you can find them on the net. Compare her score to the score you desire. If you are within a hundred or so, then practice with a book should work. If you need more than maybe a tutor would be in order.
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 11:09 PM
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8. Do they still have those books of practice tests? Your kid might
derive a lot of benefit at far less cost from using one of those. That's what I did before taking the GRE. All I did was take the practice tests and then analyze what I was missing. I learned that I was rushing through the verbal sections, and didn't need to--I could do the quick-answer problems first, and still had plenty of time to read and re-read the longer passages at my normal reading speed, which eliminated errors. Same story for the "logic" test: the practicing taught me to quickly recognize problem types.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 12:18 AM
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11. I did that too
Getting familiar with the kinds of questions that they ask really helped.

Three pieces of advice for the daughter of the OP: find lists of common SAT words and review the lists. Second, try plugging the "answers" in the math section back into the problem. Finally, if you hit a problem and you're totally stumped, just skip it and move on to the next problem. (Skipping three problems in the middle of the section is MUCH better than not getting to 10 problems at the end of the section.)

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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 11:20 PM
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9. I didn't want one when I was a kid, I was sick of school.
Ditto the nursing boards. If school hadn't prepared me for those, it was too late.

It depends on the kid. If the kid freezes on tests, maybe it would do some good. If the kid is just a dunderhead who slept through his classes, nothing much is going to work.
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bottomofthehill Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 12:08 AM
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10. she is a good student and a bright kid
but i think learning to take the test will help her
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SoDesuKa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 04:43 AM
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12. SAT Prep Classes Are Very Effective
Your daughter will be at a disadvantage if she doesn't take SAT prep classes. A really high score may mean the difference between being admitted and being admitted with a scholarship.

It's like watching a parade. If the people in front of you stand on tiptoe, you have to stand on tiptoe just to equalize their advantage. Incidentally, admissions officials deny the importance of SAT scores, but they all still use them.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:22 AM
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13. I took three different prep classes.
My language score went from 390 to 510 and my math score from 410 to 530.

Not only are problems and answers analyzed, but the wording of the questions is too. If you understand the test, it's easier to choose the right answer.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:14 AM
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14. my oldest took SAT 7th grade, freshman, ACT soph. i am not having him take classes.
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 07:15 AM by seabeyond
7th grade he got a high score and freshman year high enough for colleges. he is fine and does not need study.

second son, i will wait to see what he needs.

husband took a course. he is for them

last year i have been harrassed by these people and i am not impressed

i would have kids take a course, more school oriented probably, that is offered, if they need it.
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