They say the most important academic test your child will take is the ACT/SAT test. But like the names implies – it’s primarily an “entrance exam,” right? Obviously, the goal is to get the highest possible score. But once we (since the parents are vested in the outcome) get the minimum score for admission, everyone sighs a breath of relief.
While these tests scores are used to determine admission to a college or university, they also determine scholarship amount and sometimes course of study. Apparently in some competitive fields, the college can limit student enrollment in that area based on applicant scores and gpa. However, most of us are mostly concerned with the word scholarship, which of course translates into how-much-is-this-going-to-cost?
Not surprisingly, the senior year of high school is the key time to qualify for scholarship. In fact, most four year scholarships are based on all that your child has achieved up to this point. While students spend four years earning good grades and participating in different activities, most students spend less than 11 hours preparing for the SAT or ACT test.
“ACT and SAT prep classes teach students how to take the test, reinforce academic skills, and build speed,” shares Rebecca Bloodworth, AUM director for youth programs, ”Prep classes will not hurt your score, it will only improve it. Parents are taking the lead enrolling their teens. We also have several schools that find funding to send high achieving students – they realize the value of preparation.”