I remember the first phone call I received when I first started my test prep business back in 2011. It was from a parent of a junior from Langley High School, which happens to be my alma mater. Sarah asked many questions most parents ask regarding the entire process:
What’s the difference between the SAT or ACT? Which exam should my daughter take? Should they take both? When should they take the exam? When should they begin studying? How many times should they take the exam?
After talking for about 45 minutes, I remember Sarah exclaiming how much sense my advice made to her... unlike the information they got from the school counselor. Confused, I asked Sarah what advice the school counselor gave her. After Sarah explained the recommendations that had been given to her, I couldn’t help but be a little bit in shock. Not only had was the counselor’s guidance different from mine, it was also very very bad advice. More specifically, had Sarah followed the direction given by the school counselor, it would have been detrimental to her daughter’s performance.
Since then, I’ve had many similar phone calls with parents from not only Langley, but many other high schools as well. What has astonished me is that school counselors give consistently bad guidance, regardless of the type of school...high schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods...very affluent high schools...middle class high schools...all girls schools...all boys schools...public...private. It didn’t matter.
My reason for writing this book is to help you parents. I know that the test prep process can be confusing and the last thing you need is to be steered in the wrong direction when all you’re trying to do is seek sound advice. This book will focus on the game planning process, which is primarily what you need to figure out before your child actually sits down and starts studying for the exam.
By reading this book you’ll find out that game planning is just as important, if not more important, than actually studying for the exam. My goal is to help make the process as stress free as possible for you as well as set your child up for success.