Familiarity with the organization and types of questions on any standardized test will be helpful, as it will allow you to focus on the content of the questions without having to spend extra time during the exam to figure out the directions. Some basic and common-sense strategies are useful in preventing extra stress and wasted time during those important hours.
There are many types of test preparation available for the SAT I, the SAT subject tests, and the ACT. These include books that students use to prepare on their own, computer software, websites, and commercial courses. At the very least, you should familiarize yourself with the format of the exams by using the booklets with sample questions provided by the College Board. Preferably you should take a full-length practice test and score it. Look over the questions you answered incorrectly or didn’t answer. Are there specific areas where you are weak and can improve on? Did you budget your time well? There are sample questions and test taking tips on the College Board and the ACT web sites. All contain practice questions, as do many of the test preparation books you can find in bookstores or online sites like Amazon. Another important free tool to help with test preparation is Deerfield’s test prep program offered through Academic Approach. It requires a password, which will be distributed via email to all students by the Academic Dean’s Office.
Princeton Review provides some excellent test preparation books, courses both online and in person, as well as private tutors, as do many other companies. Practice tests are also available from the College Board. Some students are motivated to prepare on their own, while others may believe that they will not do the necessary preparation unless they have the external motivation that comes from a formal course and instructor. Although there is considerable debate about the benefits of test prep, we have seen enough students raise their scores significantly that we have come to believe that some preparation is valuable.
|In order to take:
||You should be finishing:
||Excellent reading comprehension skills
||US History (grade 11)
|Mathematics Level I
|Mathematics Level II
||Pre-Calc or higher
||Physics Accelerated (AP-B, not freshman course)
||French III Honors or French IV
||Spanish III Honors or Spanish IV
*Test with Listening is offered only in November. You may take the test with or without the listening section, but many Deerfield students do well on the listening test because our immersion classrooms prepare them well.
**The Chinese subject test is only offered in November and includes listening.