There are many ways to prepare for standardized tests: on your own, in a group or one-on-one with a tutor. Some programs are free while others can be expensive. Only invest in a program if you are ready to commit the time to following it. Regardless of your learning style, budget or time frame, taking practice tests has been proven to be the most effective preparation tool. Here are some resources:
Free Prep: College Board and ACT offer free tips, strategies, questions, and for the SAT, a practice test graded online. Free online prep courses are offered at www.number2.com.
Test Prep Guides: In addition to College Board and ACT, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barron's and McGraw-Hill update guides annually and include practice tests. Check out the samples in the College & Career Center library. Classes at Sonoma Valley High School and in the Area: Revolution Prep will hold classes at SVHS in the fall and winter. Check at the College & Career Center or the SVHS website for dates and times. For an extended list of other companies who offer test preparation courses in the area, come to the College & Career Center or visit the SVHS website.
Online Courses: If you are disciplined, online courses may be helpful. In addition to the free online courses at www.number2.com, College Board, ACT, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barron's, Boston Test Prep and Petersen's offer courses ranging from $11 to $500 for roughly six months of access.