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Building Your Vocabulary Helps with Test Prep

Building your vocabulary can help you in many ways, from preparing you for standardized tests to improving your understanding of what you read.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 22, 2014

Why Test Prep Works for Standardized Tests

At its most basic level, a test is "standardized" when each test taker is presented with identical sets of questions.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Last-Minute Test Prep Tips

No matter whether you're taking the SAT, ACT, PSAT, or another exam, there are certain things you can do in the days before to ensure a successful experience.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep Strategies for Standardized Tests

The months preceding college might sometimes seem like they're filled with one test after another…PSAT, ACT, SAT…

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

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Test Prep Strategies: SAT, ACT, and PSAT/NMSQT

Once you figure out what you're studying for, it's time to get busy. Sadly, prep through osmosis (placing your book under your pillow) definitely doesn't work, but completing test preparation has been proven to improve scores.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep: Should You or Shouldn't You?

To prep or not to prep, that is the question — and an important one it is when your test scores and your wallet may be at stake.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep: Planning for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT

The time to prepare for the PSAT, SAT and ACT exams is now!  Learn what it takes to get organized. Pick your exam date, get registered, identify the study resources you'll need, and create a study timetable that will boost both your confidence and your test scores!

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep Materials: What to Choose

Now that you've decided to buckle down and get ready for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, all you have to do is decide how you're going to prepare. Perhaps you think you can keep it all under control by reviewing your notes from the last few years of school, but there are better ways to get it done.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep When You Have a Disability

What seems like a common rite of passage — test prep and test day — may take on a whole new perspective if you struggle with distractibility, poor vision, physical handicaps, or some other disabling condition.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep Only One Aspect of Determining When to Test

If you're thinking about taking (or retaking) the SAT, ACT, or another standardized test, don't just pick a date out of thin air and head off to the testing center. There's strategy involved in determining the best time to test.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep Includes Building Vocabulary

Your ability to mimic Webster's Dictionary isn't evaluated by most standardized exams, so you won't be expected to provide definitions for difficult words.  However, your vocabulary will come in handy for the many indirect and hidden vocabulary questions you'll encounter in tests like the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and others.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

How Test Prep Can Help You Beat Test Stress

You're in the middle of a test. Your heart is pounding…your breath is quick and shallow. As sweat beads on your forehead, panic begins to drift in. What's going on?!

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep Can Help You Avoid a Culture of Cheating

According to social experts, Americans rank high among the most competitive, stressed-out people in the world. It is a culture that demands the best in all aspects of people's lives.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 17, 2014

Test Prep Advice for Students Just Starting Out

Your test is looming on the horizon and you need to prepare. Whatever you choose, do something! Almost anyone can bring up his or her scores on tests like the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, but it takes work.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 16, 2014

Test Prep: Choosing the ACT or SAT

Are you ready for test prep and facing the registration deadlines, feeling pressured to choose, and wondering whether the ACT or SAT is better? Relax! The reality is that neither test is superior to the other.

By Brendan Conway updated on April 15, 2014

Test Prep and Testing Accommodations for Disabled Students

The College Board, which administers the SAT and PSAT, and the ACT organization offer the opportunity for disabled students or their parents to request reasonable accommodations for testing.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 15, 2014

Test Prep Includes Requesting Testing Accommodations for Your Child

With thousands of students taking standardized admission tests, it stands to reason that a variety of physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, or learning disabilities will exist among them.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 15, 2014

Find the Right Approach to Test Prep

The only bad way to prepare for standardized tests is not to prepare. You don't need to work with a tutor for three hours a day between now and when you take the test, but you do need to do something.

By Howard and Matthew Greene updated on March 21, 2014

Ask the Experts: Test Prep Tips

Read actual questions from students about test prep and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 21, 2014

DSST Practice Tests

The Dantes Subject Standardized Test (DSST) program provides the opportunity for people to earn college credit for what they have learned outside of the traditional classroom. Accepted or administered at over 1,900 colleges and universities nationwide and approved by ACE (American Council on Education), the Dantes Subject Standardized Test program enables people to use the knowledge they have acquired outside the classroom to accomplish their educational and professional goals.

By Peterson's Staff updated on November 06, 2013
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