Friday, September 17, 2010

A Timeline and Discount for College-Bound High-School Students from Revolution Prep

One of my sons is a high school senior, and this is a very important time for him in planning his future. He’s been looking at universities, thinking about degrees, and figuring out when applications need to be submitted. But, truth be told, he’s actually been preparing for college for the past several years. He’s taken the PSAT and SAT, enrolled in AP and IB courses, and done community service hours. Many students and parents don’t realize that planning several years in advance for college can be critical. Revolution Prep (, a leading test preparation provider, has prepared the following timeline for college-bound high school students:

Sophomore Year
Oct/Nov: PSAT
July – Dec: Test Prep
March – June: SAT Subject Tests
May/June: AP Exams

Junior Year
Oct/Nov: PSAT
July – Dec: Test Prep
July – Dec: Ideal time for SAT/ACT
Jan. – June: Late time for SAT/ACT
April – June: SAT Subject Tests
April – June: AP Exams

Senior Year
July – Dec: Test Prep
July – Dec: SAT/SAT Subject Tests/ACT
July – Dec: College applications and essays
Jan – June: SAT Subject Tests
May/June: AP Exams

According to Revolution Prep, 25 percent of a student’s college application is the SAT/ACT score. For competitive colleges, a student’s chance of admission could as much as double with each 100 point score increase on a SAT test section.

Here is Revolution Prep’s advice for students on what they should do the day before and the day of a test:

The Day Before
  • Ease up on the studying and take some time to relax. Sometimes, getting your mind off the test is the best preparation.
  • Get together everything you will need the day of the test.
  • Know exactly where the test center is, how to get there and how long it will take to get there.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Set two alarms -- one in your room and one in another room. One should be battery-powered in case the electricity goes out.

The Morning of the Test
  • Eat breakfast -- even if you are not hungry.
  • Bring healthy snacks to eat during the breaks.
  • Arrive early.
  • Leave your cell phone at home.

During the Test
  • Use the breaks to relax, eat and drink to refresh yourself for the next testing phase.
  • Work only on the section you are supposed to be working on -- you cannot go back or ahead.
  • Do easier questions first.
  • Fill in the answer circles darkly and completely.
  • If you erase an answer, make sure it is erased completely.
  • Use all of your allotted time. If you skipped a question, go back and try to work it out.
  • Stay positive and focused.

The following are tips for getting the best results on test day:

What you MUST bring
Admission ticket
Two sharpened No. 2 pencils
An eraser
An approved calculator with batteries

What you SHOULD bring
A silent watch
Extra calculator batteries
Drinks and snacks (for break time)
A bag or backpack

What you SHOULD NOT bring
Cell phone, iPod, Blackberry
Scratch paper
Books, dictionary
Compass, ruler, protractor
Portable listening or recording device
Watch with an alarm

If your child could use some help in preparing for those very important tests they need to get into college, Revolution Prep provides programs in real classroom settings, online classroom settings, private in-person tutoring, private online “skype” tutoring, self-guided online courses and hybrid courses that combine real classroom courses with in-person tutoring and their self-guided online course. In addition, Revolution Prep has provided close to $5 million in scholarship money for children who could not otherwise afford test prep courses. Go to to see if they have a program that fits your needs. They also have a ton of very helpful information on their site.


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DISCLOSURE: No compensation of any kind was provided for this post. I have not used this service personally, so this post is strictly informational. It’s up to you to research this program and decide if it’s right for your family.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post. I have a son who is a sophmore, and we have been trying to decide if he should take the PSAT this year just to get an idea of what to expect next year.


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