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Learning the “tricks”… a common misconception
I recently came across a new SAT Prep company uses the differences between the new and old SAT to market its services. They outline how they’ve “discovered that the old ways of preparing for the SAT simply will not work for the new test”, and that students must choose a program that teaches “skills” for the New SAT.
“Tricks” and “Skills” for a test: Missing the big picture of standardized testing.
Tricks and skills for the New SAT are none other than keywords used to paint the SAT as a “specialized” test. The old SAT and new SAT are not specialized tests, they are STANDARDIZED tests, so why are these companies marketing specialized skills? Sounds like a marketing scheme, right?
What test prep is supposed to be.
The purpose of these standardized tests is to analyze a student’s comprehension speed, classification abilities, logic, decision making abilities, and mental endurance across various academic disciplines. When prepared correctly, a student should be able to perform well on any standardized test at his or her level.
More than just SAT Prep...
When asked about Hillview Prep’s SAT prep program, the first point that I emphasize is our mission to enable our students to take control of their academic abilities in order to become more efficient learners, thinkers, and test takers. What does that mean?
The Hillview Prep difference: Learn to take control of your academic abilities.
Every student has his or her unique academic abilities. Rather than learning “tricks” or “skills” for the new SAT, our students learn strategies and methods that complement their natural learning styles. These unique methods organically develop and nurture faster comprehension and more efficient problem solving across reading comprehension, math, and writing, inherently enabling them to take a proactive approach to the SAT, or any test.
By: Ken McCandless
Founder, Hillview Prep