Tips for Scoring Higher On College Entrance Exams
Know the test format and question types. Many tests that teachers traditionally gave as “paper and pencil" exams are now on computer. This is an advantage for many who did not perform as well on the previous format. High schools usually have access to practice materials for college entrance exams. See if you can get some practice tests or find out if there are websites that allow you to practice for the specific test your child will be taking. Start this process months before the scheduled test date, so that there will be plenty of time to remediate skills before the actual testing time.
Use technology and downloadable apps to remediate skills. In a previous post, we talked about the use of apps to remediate skills that students are lacking. This is especially important when preparing for a college entrance exam.
Learn the cutoff dates and scores. If you miss the deadline, you may have to put off registration into the college of your choice for an entire semester or more. Find out deadlines first, then discover the minimum scores for college entrance. Depending upon the status of the university or school, minimums may be easy to master. However, universities that are more prestigious only accept the upper-scoring students. It always helps to know what you are up against before taking the test.
Take the test at least a year before you plan to enroll. Students may generally take college entrance exams in the junior year, providing plenty of time to retake them. This is important because you do not want your child’s college registration to be delayed if they have to repeat the test to be admitted.