SAT vs ACT questions

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Registered: 01-09-2003
SAT vs ACT questions
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 10:36am

hello all..

my dd just started her junior year - literally 6 days ago! And all that all the parents are talking/buzzing about is which test is your kid taking AND which tutor are you getting??

Is one test better to take than the other??

what also concerns me is the cost of these tutors from $165/hr and up!! and some of the "courses" run about $1500- $2000 for test preps and tutoring!!!!

My question.. are they nuts for paying for tutors? or am i nuts for not wanting to.. all the kids in question are in the 90-95 average range and i am not sure why i would have to pay SO MUCH for this test. I understand it's importance and maybe - it is because this is NY and some of these people (not me) have megabucks!!

I am told that the tutors have access to past tests (which i think are also on line and in books)..

What am i missing??? She goes to a really good school - so should she still need all this expensive help??

Please advise!


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Registered: 09-19-2006
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:15am

My son is a senior and we never got him a tutor.

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Registered: 08-26-2008
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:42am

Some people do go way over the top....there are loads of ways to prepare for these tests, and what is the best is going to depend on the kid. not everyone needs an expensive tutor or prep class....and the prep books or computer programs are fine.


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Registered: 06-01-1999
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:11pm

I could see a group prep course being helpful to learn the format of the test and some strategy.

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Registered: 08-08-2005
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 1:44pm

Sounds kind of over the dd is taking both ACT and SAT. Her rationale is that it gives colleges a more complete picture of her abilities (This from a 16-yo!). She'll probably do a group study thing, possibly a prep class at a local community college, nothing pricey.

The SAT can be repeated. They only take the higher score from what I understand. Nothing lost, nothing gained?

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 2:28pm

My 18yo DD took the SAT, since that was what her school offered and prepared them for. They did a lot of SAT prep in the school - it was a Catholic girls' school, and guidance was an actual class, taken once every six days, where they did SAT prep starting in 10th grade.

I did not pay for tutors or test prep classes for DD. I did not want her inflating her test score to get into a hyper-competitive college because she's not a hyper-competitive kid. I felt that in her situation, she would be perfectly happy going to a school where she didn't have to STREEEEEEEETCH to get in. It also helps that she's a great test taker, so she didn't need strategies to finagle her way to a better score.

Now, if someone has the goal of going to an Ivy League school (I mean *literally* one of the 8 Ivy League colleges, I'm not referring to all private colleges), I can see paying for it. Or if they want to go to a particular program in a particularly competitive school (say, film for NYU), it might be worthwhile to give them a better chance of getting into *that* particular school.

Barring either of those circumstances, I'm inclined to let kids rise to their level and find a college that's *appropriate* for them at the skill level they’re at. I can’t see that it makes kids happier to be at an extremely competitive college if they don’t belong there.


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Registered: 03-27-2005
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 5:29pm

We never got a tutor because we felt that to do so wanted his test scores to reflect his abilities as they were.

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 9:43pm

I would not pay for a tutor.

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Registered: 01-17-2004
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 9:53pm

My daughter is a sophomore, so she won't take the tests until next year.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 10:05am
sami's planning to take the ACT because that's what the schools she's thinking of applying to all accept (some say either). No way are we paying for a tutor or a prep class--maybe if she was trying to get into an Ivy League school! We did buy her a study book. That's as much as I'm going to invest ;-).
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Registered: 01-27-1999
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:15pm

Those are probably the same people who think