“As long as you have good grades in school, you don’t need to study in order to do well on the SAT/ACT.”
We’ve heard the above misconception many, many times. And we wish it were the case!
Unfortunately, the SAT and ACT do not match the content of high school courses as closely as you might think. A perfect 4.0 GPA does not guarantee that you’ll achieve high standardized test scores.
I’ve encountered many straight-A students who really struggle with the format and style of questions on the SAT and ACT.
Learning what the SAT considers to be the “right” interpretation of a passage, getting used to the pacing of the ACT, and practicing other test-specific strategies will often feel very different from most students’ academic experiences in high school.
The good news is, practice really does make perfect!
The SAT and ACT are tests that you can study for. Familiarizing yourself with the test structure and most common question types is half the battle. Students need to get comfortable with the kinds of questions they’ll see over and over again and get used to how quickly they need to work through each section of the test.
Over 50% of students end up taking the SAT/ACT more than once.
The students who spend time studying are the ones who see sizable increases in their scores.
Early preparation is key. This is one of the reasons why we encourage students to take both the SAT and ACT in the fall/winter of their junior year. Doing so will leave you enough time to study and retake the test(s) before the end of junior year.
Remember, our free Method Test Prep courses can be accessed through your Career Cruising profile!