Improving Your SAT or ACT Scores: Take a Sample Test

Do you want your teenager to ace the SAT test or improve on a previous SAT score? Or maybe you just want to know if you can survive bad SAT results? Or maybe you’re concerned about ACT test scores.

Here’s good news: There are successful SAT and ACT test strategies that students can use to improve their scores or limit the damage from earning lousy test scores.

During the next few days, I’ll be sharing daily SAT prep tips and here’s the first one:

Strategy No. 1: Take a Practice SAT or ACT

You will have a better idea of how your child will far on the SAT, if he or she takes a warm-up SAT. A student can take a sample SAT test anytime on the College Board website.

You can find free ACT questions here. And for $19.95, you can have access to ACT Online Prep for a year, which includes practice ACT tests.

After taking a practice SAT test, students can receive their scores immediately. A student will see how he or she fared on each type of question and category.

Here’s another idea: Try the PSAT, which is the baby SAT test that students can take as early as their sophomore year in high school.

High schools administer the PSAT to juniors, but some schools also allow 10th graders to take the test. Ask your school what its policy is.

Tomorrow: Assess Your Child’s SAT and ACT Test Taking Skills

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution and she also blogs about college for CBSMoneyWatch.

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4 Responses to Improving Your SAT or ACT Scores: Take a Sample Test

  1. savitha February 25, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    Exactly.. Practise makes a Man perfect.. These stratergies will definitely be helpful..

  2. Caroline R February 3, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    I agree that getting familiar with the tests (whether it’s the SAT or ACT) by taking practice tests is crucial when preparing for the real thing. Making sure to time the sections and take it under real test-time conditions is also helpful; it will help you get to know what to expect when it comes to the format, question types, and your time management skills.

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  3. John D February 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    On the note of aiding people to get higher SAT, I’d recommend Wilson Daily Prep. I was anxious going into this test prep, but I felt a lot better after. They are very friendly and helped me work on my weaker areas (math-gosh!)

    And come SAT day, I went in with confidence, and my scores didn’t disappoint either.

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