STAMFORD, Conn. - Anxiety is normal around exam time, but planned changes in tests for college-bound students seems to be ratcheting the stress way up, say education experts in Stamford.
The College Board is rolling out its revised Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) this March, and even the most competent students -- and their parents -- are pushing the panic button, they said.
The changes include a return to the 1600-point scale, based on two test sections. The penalty for guessing has been ousted and the essay section will be optional.
The Tutoring Club of Stamford and Ridgefield, a private tutoring service, recently held a session for parents to give them tips on what to expect with the SATs and ACTs, said the business’s owner, Maria Markus.
Preparation is everything, she said.
“Taking both the ACT and SAT practice tests can answer many questions for parents and students,” Markus said. “We encourage taking both and then deciding which one is best to focus on for your child.”
Kids in Crisis caseworker Ed Milton, who runs Teen Talk at New Canaan High School, gave parents tips on how to help their kids get ready.
“Knowing what to expect is key to reducing anxiety so make sure your student is prepared in advance of this type of testing,” Milton said.
Tutoring Club is located at 69 High Ridge Road, Stamford.
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