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I have a LEARNING DISABILITY.....
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- My son recently took the SAT I and did not do well
(800 combined). In contrast, he did better on the PSAT (over 1,000)
and is in honors courses. What should he do to improve his scores? (courtesy Ken Caputo, Somerset, NJ)
- Sometimes an attentional problem or difficulty with the structure of the test can cause a generally good student to perform below average.
You might want to consider having your son tested for a learning
disability. Some very bright kids simply cannot make sense of certain
testing formats or need extended time. If there is a discrepancy
between his academic work and his SAT scores, it is well worth
investigating. You should also consider hiring a private tutor for
your son, because for some people, it is very difficult to learn in
a group. He might also find it helpful to use a computer program to
review for the SAT.
Since the format is fairly similar from test to
test, the more he practices, the better he will do. He might also be
the type of learner who does better on the ACT, which is accepted by
almost all colleges. Have him take a practice ACT (from a test prep
book) to see if it is more compatible with his learning style. Make
sure that your son is familiar with the format and structure of the
tests he takes, and be certain that he has ways of handling test
anxiety and distractibility.
Although it is predicted that most students will increase their
scores from the PSAT to the SAT, it is not unusual to see scores
drop. The PSAT is shorter, requires less concentration and
attention, and is based on material which is not as demanding. If
you request the question and answer form from your son's PSAT and
his SAT I (if it is available), you can see where he had trouble and
whether or not he was able to complete every section.
You can find a listing of test prep books and CD-ROMS available on
the Internet and compare their prices, on the EDUFAX site.
EDUFAX provides services for the Collegebound Learning Disabled Student.
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