A common misconception among parents is the belief that school counselors are experts on everything SAT/ACT. While they may have some knowledge about these exams, counselors are by no means the authority when it comes to test prep. SAT/ACT prep teachers are the experts and they usually either work at for-profit prep companies or individually have their own tutoring business.
High school counselors generally only know very basic information on these exams, such as exam dates and whether or not the school is be a test center for certain dates. They don't really know any of the finer details about these exams when it comes to both the actual content/strategy or the game planning.
Game planning is figuring out what needs to be done before actually studying for the SAT/ACT. For example, all of Sarah’s questions regarding her Langley High School junior were game planning type questions:
What’s the difference between the SAT or ACT?
Which exam should they take? Should they take both?
When should my child take the exam? When should they begin studying?
How many times should my child take the exam?
This is the primary reason for this blog: to give you parents the right answers to these very important questions. The first topic I’ll cover is understanding the differences between the SAT and ACT exams and helping you figure out which exam your child should take.