It's Test Prep Time
International students applying to U.S. universities can benefit significantly from test prep programs, but only if they have allowed themselves sufficient time. Three to four weeks of test prep prior to the exam date is often not enough time.
Participating in a test prep class allows students to better understand how the test is designed including test scoring, content and timing. It is important for students to experience the test including how to pace themselves using the process of elimination, speed reading and other test taking strategies.
The SAT has recently changed and the reading portion is now one long section consisting of 65 minutes to read and answer questions for five passages. Previously the math section was where many international students could shine. While this is still possible, reading is now important to the math portion. Word problems have increased and students will need to translate the word problem into mathematical terms.
In reviewing all of this information, it is clear that test prep is crucial. Students should have time to do frequent practice tests in order to get used to the timing and practice reading. Instructors must have time to evaluate the students strengths and weaknesses in order to focus on areas needing improvement.
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