Why You Need to Prep NOW for the SAT and ACT



The first half of the school year is nearly over and winter break will soon be here.  Time for a few blissful weeks of rest, relaxation, family and friends.  The last thing you are probably thinking about is getting your teen ready for the SAT and ACT.  After all, the exam is still months away.

But the truth is the exam date will creep up before either of you know it.  Honestly, there is not much time left:



If your high school junior has not already registered for a test, sign them up over winter break.  (Make sure you register before the deadline or you’ll be subject to late fees.)  Many teens opt to take the test more than once in hopes of improving their score.  Some even take it three times.  By encouraging your teen to take the test their junior year, you are giving them the best chance of earning their highest score.  Ideally, give your teen two opportunities to take the test as a junior and one final attempt as a senior.


Update: Ohio schools are required by the Ohio Department of Education to administer state-funded SAT or ACT tests to juniors in Spring 2017.  Yes, the school will pay to have your teen take the test!  The decision as to which test will be made by your child’s school district.  Do you know which test your teen will have to take?


North Coast Education Services offers private, in-home SAT and ACT prep.  These sessions are designed around your teen’s individual strengths and struggles.  Unlike taking a prep class with several other students, our students receive one-on-one instruction so they have the undivided attention of the tutor.  We can focus on science and math, or spend more time on reading and writing.  Having trouble just completing the exam?  We’ll work on pacing.  Every session is completely customizable.

The most effective way to prep for any test or exam is to study gradually over a long period of time.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — cramming is not an effective study strategy!

In order to effectively prep for your exam, give your teen at least two months to study with a tutor.  Working with a tutor once or twice a week for an hour will help your teen more over time than trying to cram in several hours in the final weeks.  This will also help your teen avoid additional and unnecessary stress.  Remember the moral of the tortoise and the hare? “Slow and steady wins the race”.  It’s true.

The time to act is now.  Give your student the best present ever and call today to sign up for private, in-home tutoring.  Our program directors will match your teen with a qualified tutoring professional.  Meet at mutually convenient times either in your home or a nearby local library.  Sign up today and start tutoring after the holidays.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!


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Dave Hoffman