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An Alternative?

August 28th, 2013 at 09:23 am

My daughter is a Junior in high school this year. This means college is going to be upon us soon. I can tell by the mail we are beginning to receive too!

The school sent out information about a seminar for ACT test preparation. It's a 7 hour course on a scheduled day off of school and is $79.

My daughter is an all A student. She tests well on standardized tests. No test anxiety. She writes well, too. Does she NEED to take this seminar?

What alternatives are there for preparing for this test? There seem to be books available (library and Ebay), and a practice test for less on the ACT website. What is really necessary?

While I wait for those of you ahead of me to weigh in, I'll keep browsing the ACT website to see what I can find. Smile

8 Responses to “An Alternative?”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    College already!! Big Grin
    I had to google ACT. In my day it was the SAT - I guess it's changed.

    I think it depends on what her goals are. I personally did not study at all for those tests and scored as well as I needed to. My older child will probably feel more pressure because has higher academic goals and those higher goals come with more expensive colleges. So, I Can see us caring about test scores more in his case, as far as admissions and scholarships. With my younger child (they both test well), I'd probably say "meh." Like, why even study at all kind of "meh."

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I know I took the PSAT, but since the colleges I was applying to didn't require it I skipped it. I believe the ACT is more common for colleges in mid western states...but don't hold me to that.

  3. rachel021406 Says:

    Step Daughter just went off to college. Here is Texas (and in Oklahoma where she went) they look at SAT scores. So she didn't take the ACT. We got lots of flyers on seminars, but we did the study books and she took a practice test at a local public high school for $20. But it was good for her just so she could know what to expect.

  4. MissAngel Says:

    I can tell you that she could go ahead and take the test without any prep--or borrow a book from the library, if you want. If she doesn't do well, she can always take it again. I know that for my university, we will take the highest composite score, whether a student took it in March or in June or in October!

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    I gathered from google that ACT was more common everywhere, these days.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    I gathered from google that it was more common everywhere, these days.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    ACT is generally taken if you are going to a school in your own state and the SAT is for if you are going out of state, at least that is how it was explained to me. I never studied for the ACT and passed it with flying colors.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I took both the ACT and the SAT. I actually did better on the ACT - didn't study for either one. (wasn't even aware at the time that one should/could do that...)

    I'd go with the study guides and do a practice test or two.

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