The SAT and ACT tests are important pieces of the college application puzzle. Even “test optional” schools will consider scores, if submitted, meaning less weight (and pressure) on the other parts of the application (like GPA and essay). There are colleges that do not use these tests as part of their application process, but it is an extremely small group. The bottom line is that to have all options open to your child, they need to take one of these standardized tests. So how do you reduce the fear these tests can instill and generate motivation to take them? Consider these tips:
Making the SAT/ACT more of a positive event will go a long way toward motivating your child to study and prepare – and the reward is worth it.
Tracey Clark is a freelance writer, photographer, and author of Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood and Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting From the Heart. She is the founder of Shutter Sisters and The Picture Series, a collection of photo-centric creativity classes. Best of all, she’s mother to two amazing daughters (ages 14 & 20) who inspire her daily.