Summer is a great time to prep for standardized tests. Whether you are in high school and looking to take the SATs (and SAT Subject Tests), ACTs, or planning to attend graduate school and take the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT or GRE, these months are precious and you for prep and should be used strategically to get the most out of this time.
Why is summer prep so important for these kinds of exams? These exams require pretty intensive, consistent prep. To achieve maximum results, you need continuous uninterrupted prep. During the school year, you can be very busy with school. While you may want to dedicate time to studying for these exams, this studying can get interrupted by school and work commitments. So, the summer offers an excellent opportunity to prep with the right mindset, providing you with the freedom to focus and obtain the best kind of prep.
So, what do you actually need to do to prep? First, you should look at the schools and programs you’re looking to apply to. What scores do these programs need? You should be looking at the average and median scores of these programs to get a sense of where you need to be. Then, you want to see where you are now and plan for how to get there. First, start with an assessment. This could be a mini assessment or a full assessment. Sample assessments are typically offered through the official guides and websites of these exams. Once you take the assessment, you should see your score. This is where planning comes into play.
We have seen over and over again students who spend countless hours working in circles trying to prep for these exams. Many are just never able to get there and others that think they are there, when they are not. They go in, take the tests, but are not able to get the results they are aiming for. That is why it is crucially important to do your planning with a tutor. A tutor can help come up with a teaching plan for you and make sure you stay on plan. The tutor can see the areas you need to focus on, the gaps, and the tricks. Your SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT tutor can really help you focus your time and not waste time.
At Prepsmart, we take a unique approach that has worked extremely well for our clients. Firstly, we provide customized, private one-on-one tutoring. This means that our tutors conduct lessons one-on-one, and not in a big class format. We have tested and tried this approach and landed on this. Classroom teaching dos not provide the kind of teaching that students need today. Every student has different areas of strength and weakness, and as such the lessons should be tailored towards their learning abilities. The way we do this is as follows: our tutors create a teaching plan that is customized for students based on the initial assessment. This is in consultation with the students around his or her schedule. The tutoring lessons are one-on-one and the entire attention is placed on the student. Our tutors ensure that the student stays on pace and make adjustments whenever necessary. Practice tests and feedback on tests are a bedrock of our strategy. It is no surprise that 100% of the students we have worked with in the SAT, LSAT or GMAT have hit their target scores after going through our tutoring program.
To wrap up, this summer is a great opportunity for you to get started on your prep for your standardized test. Be strategic and plan for it. Remember, your goal is to ace the test and that means beating the test-maker in his game. The only way to do that is through careful planning and practice.