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Early Testing, Increased Opportunities

Testing season commenced this past weekend, six weeks prior to the usual date, giving students an opportunity to demonstrate standardized testing achievement much earlier in the school year.  This was an offer that many students embraced, not only for the timely start, but to increase their chances for scholarships.

An early start on testing also means that students are prepping earlier than normal in order to increase the likelihood of earning an optimal score.

When it comes to standardized college admissions testing (like (ACT & SAT) it's not enough to just study the material. Students must understand how tests are written and how the writers are intending to create mistakes. Whether it's formatting, time limits, graphic analysis, orvocabulary, the writers are paid to make the tests challenging. 

Students approach tests differently; therefore, individual practice is imperative. No matter which test they are taking, students need to identify the obstacles that the writers are presenting to them, assess their reactions to the questions, and evaluate the time that it takes for them to complete the test.

To improve scores students ought to consider:

  • Take both the ACT & SAT, but only focus on the one in which they score highest.

  • Schoolwork is not enough to prepare students for the test. Study a minimum of twenty minutes per day and take a minimum of six official practice exams prior to exam day.

  • Review Algebra and Geometry; the math section is less advanced than students might think.

  • Answering questions with knowledge (thinking) instead of instinct (emotions). When students master the ability to keep their mental focus in check, they become more comfortable with the exam, therefore increasing their ability to achieve success more easily. 

  • Find helpful resources (books, online review, tutors, review sessions) and use them.

  • Create and use a strong support system. Teachers, guidance counselors, college admissions advisors, and the staff at school can be very helpful. When students have questions or needed help with, they will know exactly who to approach for help.

  • Learn, practice, and become comfortable using test tricks.

  • The higher the score result, the higher the likelihood of scholarships. How's that for motivation?

  • Practice, Process, Reflect, Study, Test, repeat!

If you’re looking for support, CBCR is ready to encourage you and to guide you through the process.

Contact College Bound, Career Ready, LLC for an initial consultation by emailing or by utilizing the Contact Us page on our website at

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