A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the College Board's SAT website is a great place for their kids to keep all their test-taking info organized and get a little studying done while they're at it. The website is warm and inviting, which should really help kids with test anxiety or who feel pressured and overwhelmed by the whole experience. Some of the extensive test prep can be pricey, so see how your kid responds to the free stuff before shelling out the big bucks.
What's it about?
This is where kids and parents can find all things SAT; you can study, register, or get scores for the most important college admission test. It's from the College Board (the folks who make the test), so it's a trustworthy source for SAT needs. Kids will create an account by entering personal and school info, and once logged in they can do a number of things. Free practice tests and study questions are available on the site, as well as lots of study guides that can be purchased. Each site user has access to \"My Organizer,\" where they can collect and save info about preferred colleges, financial aid, and other school-related stuff. More free tools include SAT Skills Insight, a program that helps kids systematically discover how to improve scores.
Is it any good?
Doing away with giant manuals and books of practice tests (although some are still available to buy here), the SAT website lets kids keep all their SAT-related business in one place, and that's great. The free stuff is good for kids who can't afford to shell out for summer classes or tutoring, although it would be nice to have a few more practice tests. The website itself is well-designed and unintimidating, which should put kids easily overwhelmed by this sometimes scary process at ease.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Subjects: Math: algebra, patterns, ratio
Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, effort, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, thinking critically
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
Emotional Development: handling stress, persevering
- Genre: Educational
- Price: Free-$69.95
- Pricing structure: Free, Paid