Preparing for the ACT/SAT
ACT/SAT preparation should begin for students in their freshman year of high school by taking a strong curriculum with plenty of relevant courses. As for shorter term SAT/ACT preparation, a good bet is to engage in 6 to 8 weeks of test and study, reading plenty of books and periodicals to improve vocabulary.
Practice tests contain sample SAT/ACT questions, and taking them will provide familiarity with format and test length. Further, practice tests reveal student strengths and weaknesses, and help determine how much study time to allocate per topic: Math, Critical Reading and Writing.
Methods of Study
There’s no better way to prepare than to start by taking a practice test. Juniors have covered much of the underlying subject matter tested on the SAT/ACT in the first two years of high school, and thus spending time on prep before taking a practice test is not recommended. For the SAT, the challenge lies more in the manner questions are cleverly positioned than the core math, writing or critical reading material tested.
Practice – Grade – Review – Repeat
This is the proven ePrep method of study, and it can work for anyone. Have students get a set of practice tests, begin by taking one “timed” in its entirety, have it scored, review problems missed, and go on to study the areas where work is needed — and then repeat the process (Practice test can be printed from an ePrep account). This sounds easy, but it is a lengthy process requiring committed dedication. Students should go into this process knowing that a large chunk of time is required to benefit from this study method.