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<p>Test Prep SanityHow to help your child excel on standardized tests without driving each other crazy</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity: How to help your child excel on standardized tests without driving each other crazy. Elie Venezky Copyright 2012 Copyright Holder ISBN: 978-1-937445-38-6 ISBN DIGITAL: 978-1-937445-39-3 Library of Congress Control Number: 2012949643 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. The information in this book is provided for informational purposes. Neither the publisher nor the author shall be liable for any physical, psychological, emotional, financial, or commercial damages, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential or other damages caused or allegedly caused, directly or indirectly, by the use of the information in this book. The author and publisher specifically disclaim any liability incurred from the use or application of the contents of this book. Published by Bush Street Press 237 Kearny Street, #174 San Francisco, CA 94108 www.BushStreetPress.com Cover by Zoe Lonergan Printed in the United States of America</p> <p>2</p> <p>Prestigeprep.com</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>I would like to thank a number of people for helping me with this work: my mother, for her unwavering support and constructive honesty; Phil Cohen, for his additions and wisdom; Michael Yacavone, for his feedback and support; Caroline Brokaw Tucker, Micah Kelber, Amy Klein, Alex Wenger and Leslie Schnur, for their edits; and Nathan Otto, for the idea of turning my blog into a book.</p> <p>This book is dedicated to the memory of my father, who knew all this stuff and more.</p> <p>3 Acknowledgements</p> <p>Prestigeprep.com</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>Table of ContentsForeword Anxiety My Philosophy You, the Parent 7 8 8 9</p> <p>Your Child</p> <p>Your Attitude 10 Why does my attitude matter? ......................................................................................10 How do I change my attitude? ......................................................................................11 How should I view the test? ...........................................................................................12 Why are test scores important? .....................................................................................13 How important are test scores? .....................................................................................13 Why should I ignore other parents? ..............................................................................13 When should I disagree with my childs guidance counselor?......................................14 Your Emotions 16 How can I avoid stress? .................................................................................................16 What can I do if Im already stressed or angry? ..........................................................16 How can I control my emotions?...................................................................................17 Your Interactions with Your Child 18 Why wont my child listen to me about the test? .........................................................18 How should I talk about the test with my child? ..........................................................18 Am I accidentally discouraging my child from studying? ............................................18 Why should I make a schedule? ....................................................................................19 How should I deal with complaining?...........................................................................19 Why must I occasionally compromise? .........................................................................20 What if my child just wont do his work? .....................................................................21 Summary 23 Framing the Test 25 General rules ..................................................................................................................25 How to frame mistakes ..................................................................................................27 How to frame poor early results ....................................................................................28 How to frame studying ..................................................................................................28 The myth of multi-tasking .............................................................................................29 A final note on framing the test ....................................................................................29 Your Childs Attitude 30 Why is attitude important? ...........................................................................................30 What should I do if my child has a poor attitude about the test? ...............................30 Why should my child ignore her friends? .....................................................................31 Why doesnt my child care about the test? ....................................................................31</p> <p>24</p> <p>4 Table of Contents</p> <p>Prestigeprep.com</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>The Tests</p> <p>How to Help 32 How can I help my child succeed on his test? ...............................................................32 What are some online resources? ..................................................................................33 How does food affect preparation? ................................................................................34 How does sleep affect preparation? ...............................................................................34 What can I do if my child wont study? .......................................................................35 Should I reward my child for studying? ........................................................................35 If my child is struggling, why cant I tell him hes just not a good test-taker? ..............36 Summary 37 Methodology 39 How do standardized tests differ from school exams?..................................................40 Why dont study and practice help as much as they should? .......................................46 Registration 47 The SAT 48 The ACT 51 Should My Child Take the SAT or the ACT? 53 The PSAT 54 SAT Subject Tests 55 The ISEE 56 The SSAT 58 The SHSAT 60 Summary 62</p> <p>38</p> <p>Test Prep</p> <p>An Overview 64 Whats the best way to prepare? ...................................................................................64 How should I structure tutoring? ..................................................................................64 Why are mock exams important? ................................................................................65 When should we start tutoring? ....................................................................................66 What should my child study? ........................................................................................66 How should my child study?..........................................................................................66 Dealing with Test Anxiety 69 How does test anxiety affect my child? .........................................................................69 How do I deal with test anxiety? ...................................................................................69 Thats great . . . but how do I do that? ..........................................................................70 Hypnosis?! Wont I end up clucking like a chicken? .....................................................70 Whats NLP? .................................................................................................................71 What? .............................................................................................................................72 Ive heard NLP is pseudoscience and has been disproved by therapists. .....................72 What else can help with test anxiety? ...........................................................................72</p> <p>63</p> <p>5 Table of Contents</p> <p>Prestigeprep.com</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>Test Day</p> <p>Hire a Tutor 74 What does a great tutor offer? .......................................................................................74 Finding the Right Tutor 75 Three costly misconceptions about tutoring .......................................................75 Five mistakes to avoid when hiring a tutor ..................................................................75 Three rip-offs to avoid ...................................................................................................76 Five questions to ask before hiring a test prep company ..............................................77 Four steps to choosing the right tutor............................................................................77 Summary 79 The Month Before 81 Two Weeks Before 81 What should my child do? .............................................................................................81 What should I do? .........................................................................................................81 Should I tell her shes going to do well? .........................................................................81 What if my child explodes or says she doesnt want to take the test? ...........................82 A Week Before 82 The Night Before 82 What do I do? ................................................................................................................82 Should my child study? ..................................................................................................82 Should she go to bed early?............................................................................................83 The Morning Of 83 What should she eat for breakfast? ...............................................................................83 What should she wear?..................................................................................................83 Why should she exercise? ..............................................................................................83 Should she bring a lucky charm?...................................................................................83 Do NOT let your child see this page. 84 Test Warm Up 85 During the Test 86 Speak up. ........................................................................................................................86 Dont talk about the test during your breaks. ...............................................................86 Dont worry if you miss a string of questions. ..............................................................86 Push through tiredness. .................................................................................................86 After the Test 87 What should we do? .....................................................................................................87 My child thinks he bombed the test. Should he cancel his score? ................................87 How do I cancel an SAT score? ....................................................................................87 Can we cancel Subject Test scores? ................................................................................88 How do I cancel an ACT score? ....................................................................................88 Summary 89</p> <p>80</p> <p>6 Table of Contents</p> <p>Prestigeprep.com</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>The Results</p> <p>Resources</p> <p>Basic Facts 91 How long until scores come out? ...................................................................................91 Whats a good score? ......................................................................................................91 What if I think a mistake has been made in scoring? ..................................................91 How do I handle a bad score? .......................................................................................91 Do schools see all of my childs scores? .........................................................................92 If my child bombs his first attempt but does well on his second, will his bad score hurt his chances of getting into school? .......................................................93 What do you mean, look into it?...................................................................................93 If my child does worse the second time, which score will schools count?.....................93 If my child didnt do well, and hes taking the test again, what should he do? ............93 A Final Note about College 95 Summary 96 Test Registration Where to Find the Actual Tests Reading and Viewing Recommendations Exercises to Shift Your Focus Breathing Exercises 97 98 100 101 101</p> <p>90</p> <p>97</p> <p>About the Author</p> <p>102</p> <p>7 Table of Contents</p> <p>Prestigeprep.com</p> <p>Test Prep Sanity</p> <p>ForewordAs parents, we all wish only the best for our children and will provide them with unconditional love. At times, unfortunately, this unconditional love puts unnecessary anxiety on them. This occurs quite often when we ourselves are in the dark about what is being asked of our children. This especially occurs when it comes to their social and academic lives. Being a parent myself, I feel this anxiety, too. Each day we send our children off to school to learn, interact and find themselves; it is during these hours of the day that they are no longer under our guidance and supervision, and we cannot protect or enlighten them. As parents we understand that this is a natural part of our children growing up, but its still difficult. Our anxiety heightens even more when it comes to our childrens academic futures. We want to give them all the best opportunities to attend the best schools/colleges and have successful and meaningful careers. We know, as we have all been through it one way or another, that standardized tests are an integral piece of their academic careers: it is how they will be evaluated for admission to schools. With that said, we unfortunately do not always understand standardized tests, especially how we can assist our children and what are the dos and donts. Often, we unknowingly get in the way of our childs progress on these exams, not because we dont care, but because we love our children and want them to succeed. Too often, we are unsure how we can best provide for our children when it comes to their schooling and specifically standardized tests. I believe this book will provide you with a clear road map on how you can best serve your children for their exams, and many of these ideas can cross over to other aspects of their lives, as well. I commend my business partner, Elie, for the many hours he has dedicated to putting together this comprehensive road map that we as parents can follow during this journey. Phil Cohen Direct...</p>