Prepping for Test Success

Chandler Foster

SAT tests are a big source of
stress, especially for juniors. SATs
are a whole different animal than
most tests, and a lot of good students
trip up on the unfamiliar
formatting. Many students choose
to take part in some form of course
to prepare. These courses are not so
much about the material and more
about test taking skills. There are
many SAT preparation programs offered
for juniors and seniors in high
school. Among them are the Princeton
Review, Kaplan SAT prep, and
Steps to Success in Richmond.
In the prep courses students take
a practice test to evaluate strengths
and weaknesses so that they can determine
where to concentrate their
efforts. The format of SATs allows
you to skip questions that you are
unsure about, with no loss of points.
The SAT varies from the PSAT in
that there is an additional essay portion
in the SAT. This is the bane of
many students, especially those who
favor math and science. These prep
courses teach students how to plan
their time when writing.
Students rely on these prep courses
to relieve a little stress and to improve
their SAT test scores. Commenting
on whether he expected this
course to help Sophomore Ethan
Wright replied, “Golly gee, I sure
hope it does.”
Revolution Prep, an SAT prep
company offered through the school,
will be hosting a mock SAT at Hanover
for a fee of $10. This money
will then be donated back to the
school.
Students will take a practice test
to evaluate strengths and weaknesses
so that they can determine where
to concentrate their efforts.
Even if you are not a junior, taking
an SAT prep course can be beneficial.
“Sure, why not take a prep
course. I want to go to a good college,
and they want me to take the
SAT,” Wright says.
Students can take more than one
mock SAT. Each retake costs $10.
Taking these repeatedly can be very
beneficial to scores, and can help
reduce nervousness in stressed out
students.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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