The best preparation for college entrance examinations is to build a very strong academic foundation. Students who prepare assignments to the best of their ability throughout their years of schooling and who extensively read books with a rich vocabulary outside of class have fortified that foundation.
In general, the best short-term preparation for the exams is familiarity with the tests, and, in the case of mathematics, a review of formulae that may have become rusty. This can be achieved by working through a book of practice tests, by working with interactive computer software, by studying individually with a tutor, or by enrolling in a group prep course.
Groton School works with Kaplan Test Prep
to provide individual tutoring and classes in SAT Prep at Groton during the winter of Fifth Form year as well as the fall of Sixth Form year. Many firms offer SAT Prep and some claim to help students “beat” the test. We cannot guarantee that any of these will make a difference for Groton School students. Some students have improved using these services, some have stayed the same, and some have seen their scores decline. Beware of claims too good to be true; they probably are. Parents and students need to use their best judgment, and students must decide if they have the time and energy to invest in SAT Prep.
If you decide on a test preparation course, we advise you to choose one that reviews material, enhances skills that would be useful in any testing situation, and provides exercises that help to increase concentration and relaxation. Groton students are very busy during the school year, and we encourage students who want to do SAT Prep to enroll in a prep course or have tutoring over the summer between the Fifth and Sixth Form, as that seems to be when motivation is highest for the student.