If I had a nickel for every time a parent expressed frustration that her high gpa kiddo just couldn’t seem to break out of the Land of Mediocre Standardized Test Scores…I’d still be writing these messages.
What are the most common reasons for the High GPA-Low SAT/ACT phenomenon? Here’s a quick rundown:
- Test anxiety. The student performs well in practice tests, but clenches up on Game Day. Suggestion: RELAX. And, mom, stop stressing out your child. Seriously.
- Studying too much content. Doing well on the SAT and ACT is mostly about strategies, not the content you supposedly learned in high school. (This is why most high school teachers aren’t the best SAT and ACT tutors. They might be great at teaching content but they come up short w/ strategy. And what were THEIR scores, anyway?)
- Finally, the most offensive reason: RAMPANT grade inflation. Nobody gets C’s any more in high school. Did you notice? Wasn’t that way when I was in high school, I bet it’s the same for you. How can that be?
The answer to that last question is best saved for another day. In the meantime, if you have actual questions about how to “crush” the SAT or ACT (spoiler alert: test-optional isn’t really “optional” for most kids)…
…or if you’re wondering:
- Which test (SAT or ACT) is best if my young ‘un hates science
- Which test is best if my child stinks at math
- Which test do colleges prefer
- How many times should you take the SAT or ACT
- Do colleges see all scores (and does it matter)
- When is the best time to start prepping for the SAT or ACT
- Should you take both tests
- Blah blah blah SAT
- Blah blah blah ACT
Then you’re in luck: tonight (4/29/21) is our one-time-only “Ask the Test Prep Expert” live Q&A! I’m running it with our head tutor, Marissa Uneberg, Esq. and up to three of her cats that seem to appear every time we do this.
Here’s where to sign up:
It’s free and there’s nothing to bring, except your questions and love of standardized testing of course!
You can also invite a friend or three, just pass along this note!
See you later!
-Andy “Inflate This!” Lockwood
P.S. The “Blah blah blah SAT blah blah blah ACT” bullet points were just to see if you were reading all the way down.
OK, and to amuse myself.