April 20, 2016

Mid-week Morsel: Free SAT Customized Preparation

 If you have kids in school, chances are you've already started thinking about college.  Or at least, you've started thinking to yourself that you should start thinking about college.  

College admissions has become very competitive.  There are programs to help increase your child's odds of receiving scholarships and admission to the college of his/her choice that start as early as middle school.  Unfortunately, for many years now, the best SAT scores have statistically gone to the students who could afford personal tutors to train them specifically to score well on the SAT.

Beginning in March of 2016, the SAT has been revamped to help level the playing field and give all students the possibility of a high score.  The exam itself has been modified to better test what students are actually learning in the classroom.  In addition, it will now also include questions about other skills that have been deemed necessary for college and beyond.

The final piece of the restructuring of the SAT comes from Khan Academy.  Yes, the same Khan Academy that your student uses to brush up on math skills.  The College Board approached and partnered with Sal Khan to create free customized SAT prep.  If your student has already taken the PSAT or SAT, you can link to his/her scores so that the site knows what areas (s)he needs help with.  If (s)he has not, there are diagnostic quizzes to determine where to start.  There are also practice tests, video lessons, and instant feedback so your student gets the appropriate help every step of the way.

In addition, Khan Academy has set up a page to give you an overview of the college admission process.  It is a great place to start so you can see how the process has changed since you were in high school, and gain the confidence that you are giving your child(ren) the best chance for success.

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