College examination preparation

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Gavin Baisa (11) reviews general test taking strategies for the ACT test. Baisa studied from the book The Real ACT Prep Guide for about an hour every other day.

Elena Gorney

With opportunities to take the ACT and SAT quickly approaching, juniors are finding time in their busy schedules to study for these critical examinations. There are multiple online and print sources of studying for the ACT and SAT.  

“I study [for the SAT] by taking practice tests. I borrowed [an SAT preparation] book from my English teacher. I’m going to give it back to him eventually, but [for now] I take the tests in there and evaluate my performance. Wherever I’m lacking, I study,” Mohammed Hijaz (11) said.  

Online sources of studying include Khan Academy and the College Board website.  These websites offer practice tests students can take.  

“I go on [collegeboard.com] and do the [SAT] practice questions. I think [in the long run] it will help me,” Hannah Souronis (11) said.  

Some students have found unique ways of studying, such as using apps that give them individual SAT and ACT questions.  

“I have the SAT app on my phone. Basically it asks you one question a day, and the questions are similar to the ones they give you on the SAT. I think [the app] will [help me] because on the PSAT I saw questions that are formatted the same way as the ones [the app] asks you,” Kelly Joy (11) said.  

No matter what resources students studying for the SAT or ACT use, they agree that it is crucial to begin studying for these tests early.  
“I probably study for [the ACT] about an hour every other day. [It’s] definitely [important for people to study early for college tests] because you’ll be prepared for the test format and know what to expect when you go in,” Gavin Baisa (11) said.