Test Prep 101: Expert Advice for SAT and ACT

Test prep on your mind? Everyday I get calls from students, parents, who need expert advice (not just a sales pitch) about the SAT and ACT test. It is normal to have lots of questions.For example, what are some of the Best Books for the SAT and Best Books for the ACT? Should I take the SAT or ACT? What is a Superscore? Are there any good Online SAT programs?

On this website, you will find practical tips for scoring well on the SAT and ACT as well as more general tips about how the tests are used in college admissions (something few tutoring websites really delve into deeply). You will also learn how higher SAT and ACT scores translate into LOTS of scholarship money.

My Story

As a test prep coach in southern California for over 20 years, I have more experience preparing students for the SAT and ACT test than most tutors out there. Even more, as a certified college counselor, I am not only an expert on test taking strategies but also on the role test scores play in the admissions process (something many, less experienced tutors do not understand). Many students can prepare themselves as long as they have good materials and some guidance, so my hope is that more students will use the resources on this website. Please share any information with friends and family!

Test Prep Coach: Stay Current

Several times each week, I post articles and test taking tips about the SAT and ACT tests as well as college admissions. These blog entries are a great way to keep current with what is happening in high school test prep and college admissions. So please bookmark this page (or subscribe to my RSS feed) and let your friends and family know about TestPrepCoach.com!

Know Your Options

Preparing for these exams does not need to be a mysterious and stressful process. Armed with excellent SAT books or ACT study materials, tips for how to prepare for these exams AND how these exams are used in the college admissions process, students (and parents) can empower themselves.

Rather than look upon the SAT and ACT as something to just "get through and get done", I encourage my students to see this college admissions and test taking process as a marathon, not a sprint. With proper instruction, emotional endurance, and lots of studying, I am consistently amazed at what my students accomplish for themselves.


Test Optional: Check it Out

Did you know that not all colleges require students to submit SAT or ACT scores to be admitted to college? If you are a strong student, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be surprised to learn that many colleges, and really good colleges, have become "test-optional". Too many parents and students dismiss "test-optional" as a possible route to college admission. But before you do that, find out more about this growing, "student-friendly" trend in college admission.

Amazon Affiliate

To make it easier to find all the amazing books and materials to study for the SAT and ACT, as an Amazon Affiliate, I include links to these items on most pages. Just click on the image or text link. That way you know you are purchasing the correct version and edition!

Best SAT Prep Book for New SAT: Updated List for 2016-2017
Expert's Guide to Best SAT Prep Books for the New SAT
Best ACT Prep Materials: Updated List for 2016-2017
Expert's Guide to Best ACT Prep Materials
ACT Test Dates: Updated for 2016-2017
ACT Test Dates for 2016-2017: Plan Ahead for Best Options
SAT Test Dates: Updated for 2016-2017
SAT Test Dates and Helpful Registration Tips: Updated 2016-2017
Best Online SAT Prep: Updated For 2016-2017
Best Online SAT Prep Programs: Updated for 2016-2017
How Colleges Use Superscore in College Admissions
How Colleges Use the Superscore on the ACT or SAT tests
How Does ACT Score Compare to SAT: Updated for 2016-2017
How Does ACT Score Compare to SAT: Updated for 2016-2017
Should I Submit ACT Score or SAT: What You Need To Know
Submit ACT score or SAT score? What You Need To Know
Test Optional Colleges: Dream Come True or Admissions Gimmick?
Test Optional Colleges: Why Colleges Do Not Require the SAT or ACT
Is an SAT Tutor Really Necessary?
Is Hiring an SAT Tutor Necessary to Do Well on the Exam?
Colleges Giving Merit Aid Scholarships: Updated 2016-2017
Which Colleges Give Merit Aid Scholarships: Updated 2016-2017
SAT Subject Tests: How Important Are They?
Common Questions About SAT Subject Tests in College Admissions
Perfect Score: Expert Advice for SAT and ACT
Learn about the latest news and expert advice for navigating the SAT and ACT exams. Let Coach Cristin be your guide with regular updates and important tips for SAT and ACT test preparation.
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