SAT vs ACT questions

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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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Fri, 10-01-2010 - 1:25pm
My dd took both the SAT and the ACT.
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Mon, 09-27-2010 - 8:56am

Definitely dorm.

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Mon, 09-27-2010 - 8:17am

thanks for your info and insight.

since you mentioned that the colleges are close to home... does that mean your dd will be living at home as well??? or will she be dorming.

as my dd is an only child.. we are thinking of having her dorm at school. i understand that great friendships and bonds are made doing the dorm thing. it is just SO expensive!!!

as far as size etc.. my dd is the "don't know kid"...

would you like a large school/small school - don't know.
would you like a specific location - don';t know.. etc..

we (the parents) may just pick a couple of schools to look at and then see how that works.

she is a good student right now... but you never know - once the party opportunity sets in. she is very social... that i know.

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Fri, 09-17-2010 - 9:33am

Well, this is what I do . . . I work in a TRIO program at a 4 year institution, some teaching, some running of academic programs, and everyone in the department does academic counseling.

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Registered: 01-09-2003
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 8:29am

thanks all for your posts..

Kelly you made some really good points...

My next biggest question is...

What is a good fit?? and how do you know what is good for a 17/18 year old kid - for the next 4 years of their life...

All schools have the basic classes.. so if they do not have a special interest... how do you really choose?? what really makes one college better for your child than another?? Or are there really many choices that are good??

Also.. did your daughter also do the ACT as well??

And...did your dd take the SATs only once? As i hear it is very common to take it more that once?

Thanks all!!

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 3:28pm

LOL about College Confidential. I visited a few forums and found the people there just obsessive! College *is* hard to get into, no doubt about it - but it's much worse if your heart is set on getting into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Penn, or Cornell. The thing people don't seem to get is that there is no magic formula for getting into the Ivy League - the calculus is particular to that school and to that year. We know kids who were accepted to Yale and Princeton but not Cornell, or to Columbia but not Brown or Dartmouth. And nothing you do is going to guarantee admission to those schools. Nor is your life over if you don't get into one of them. It really ends up being kind of silly.

Colleges *are* harder to get into now than they were 10 years ago because (1) there are more students competing for the same number of spots and (2) they can now submit 12 applications almost as easily as 3. That doesn't mean they won't get into the college that is right for *them* however - colleges want a GOOD fit, not just ANY body to fill a seat - so if the student is a good fit for the college, they stand a better chance. That takes careful research by parents and students, but it doesn't necessarily require a perfect SAT score.

My oldest DD got into the college of her choice - one of the most selective in the country after the Ivy League - on early admission, with only a B+ average, only 5 AP courses, no leadership roles in extracurriculars, and only a 650 on the Math part of the SAT - but an 800 on the Reading part of the SAT and a really cool admissions essay on being transgender. I'm pretty sure the only things that really mattered were the 800 on Reading and the essay. Sometimes having just a couple of things that stand out are all you need.


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Registered: 01-27-1999
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 2:15pm

Those are probably the same people who think

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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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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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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 9:43pm

I would not pay for a tutor.