After years of working with students on test prep, I can tell you having a clear goal score is one of the most important aspects of test prep. If you begin test prep without a solid goal score, you’re prepping in the dark. It’s a lovely way to spend your off time, but don’t you want to know when you can stop practicing for the ACT or SAT?
It’s also a motivation factor. As you get closer and closer to the score you need, you also see the finish line. How wonderful would it feel to send in your college applications knowing you had a score that fit the bill?
You want to know when you’re safe.
What score you needs depends on many factors specific to you!
- What colleges are you interested in?
- What is your GPA and does it match these schools?
- What your dream school is?
- How well you take standardized tests?
- How much do you care?
You have to decide what colleges you plan to apply to. This decision needs to be based on many personal factors: GPA, field of study, geographic area, proximity to home, finances, willingness, and much more.
So take a breath. Sit down with your parents, college counselor, favorite teacher, and whoever else gets a say in where you go to college and start talking. The one piece of advice I can give you is aim high. I can’t tell you how many kids come back after a summer of touring schools only to realize their once perfect score is now too low to get him or her into the dream college and the prep begins again. You don’t want to be that student.
The good news is if you’re reading this, you do care. I promise test prep is for a limited time only. Get your score. Sleep sound. And have a bright future!