Jeannie, I was wondering if you do coaching for students looking to study for the SAT and ACT tests? I have a daughter who is wanting to take the ACT this year and her high school counselor told us to invest in a good testing coach. I honestly have no idea where to find one, but thought of you because of the work you have already been doing in this area. Do you provide tutoring services to students who want to do well on standardized tests?
My answer to this mom is below.
You’re asking great questions about SAT and ACT prep! Here are 5 good ideas for you:
1. I strongly suggest that you have your daughter prep seriously for either SAT or ACT, but not both.
She’s busy enough without making her spread her limited time out over both. The ACT is so widely accepted now that that one might be a good one for her to pursue with gusto.
2. Have her take the SAT or the ACT once just to see how she does.
If she scores high enough she might not even need structured prep. Don’t worry that she might bomb the test by taking it without prep. If she does poorly on it she can always take it again—as many times as she wants to—and schools will always look at her highest score.
3. Here’s my best suggestion for SAT or ACT test prep coaching. (FYI I get nothing for telling you this.)
I don’t do SAT/ACT prep myself—but I did do it as a KAPLAN instructor many years ago. I don’t do test prep coaching for two reasons:
A) I’m too busy and I’m turning away clients as it is, and
B) I don’t currently have a full-time research department behind me keeping up with every little change in these tests. This is a critically important qualification for any test prep you choose–and it’s a reason I never recommend locally based “tutors” or classes.
After all these years I still do strongly recommend KAPLAN for test prep because they are so huge—they have so many resources to put into the formation of their class curriculum and practice materials. Save yourself money though—just take KAPLAN’s least expensive self-paced option and create a personal calendar at home for how your daughter will progress through the materials and get the most helpful parts of it done. Get a description of Kaplan ACT prep and see its pricing here.
4. If your daughter’s college counselor is gravely worried about her SAT or ACT test prowess for some reason, worry no more.
There are hundreds and hundreds of well-respected “test optional” colleges and universities that don’t require standardized test scores at all. Please take a look at the extensive informative blog post I wrote on this subject here and feel hope!
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to jump directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
This article was most recently updated on October 12th, 2023. No part of this article was written using AI.