June 19th, 2018

SAT/ACT Prep Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful: 3 Tips For Effective Summer Test Prep

The idea of SAT or ACT test prep overwhelms many students, especially during the summer months when they want to relax and unwind with friends. The good news is that preparing for the SAT or ACT doesn’t have to be stressful if you plan ahead. As you think about your summer schedule, here are three tips for making your summer test prep manageable and effective:

  1. Schedule self-study sessions. Every student learns differently, which is why scheduling study sessions that fit your individual learning preference is key. For example, some students learn best in short, 30-minute blocks of time while others prefer a weekly one or two-hour session. Block off time in your schedule each week to focus on test preparation. Most importantly, make sure these periods of time are free of distractions and allow you to be fully engaged in the learning process. PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY!


  1. READ! You may not realize it, but ramping up your reading can significantly help your test prep efforts. You’ll improve your reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, both needed to do well on the SAT and ACT. You’ll also advance your vocabulary and become more acclimated to reading passages with complex language. This will make the reading tests easier to manage when you’re under pressure.


  1. Enroll in a test prep program. While self-study works well for some, many students learn best in a formal test prep program such as small group sessions or private tutoring. In addition to learning directly from experienced teachers, these programs hold students accountable and keep them on a consistent study schedule. Through a test prep program, you’re guaranteed to stay on track with taking practice tests, as well as strategically improving your weak areas.

By designing your summer study schedule with these suggestions, you’ll set yourself up for success and have more confidence when taking the official SAT or ACT.

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