I recently joined Dr. Michael Youmans (AKA Dr.Yo) and his former student, Tyler Bonini, for an internet radio conversation about the differences between the S.A.T. and the A.C.T. So far I’ve only taken the SSAT, but I am the BENEFICIARY of much standardized test prep information because I watched my brother Ross (Choate ’11) go through the entire ORDEAL.
Dr. Yo is an admissions expert who helps students in the Hartford, CT area with just about every aspect of the secondary school, college and grad school admissions process, including stress management. Dr. Yo ARCHIVES his BlogTalkRadio segments and you can listen to them on his website or download them through iTunes. There is a ton of information on his website.
Thanks to Dr. Yo for inviting me to be a guest on his program. Here’s my take home message:
- It’s never too early to start test prep. You really can’t study in advance for math (unless you’re a math genius) but you can study for the verbal section at any time. The vocabulary that shows up on all the standardized tests is basically the same words, over and over. Start early, slow and steady does it. Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T. can help. Even if you don’t have time to cook, reading one fun fact blurb a week teaches you 10 new words a week (you do the math!).
- Sign up for one-on-one tutoring if possible. Educators like Dr. Yo are experts. They help focus you, push you to do better, and know the ins-and-outs of the tests. When my brother got an 800 on his writing section, my Mom phoned his tutor and said, “Martha, that’s your 800. Thanks!”
- BENEFICIARY = recipient
- ORDEAL = trauma
- ARCHIVES = records