Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT

Back when I went to high school things like the SAT and the ACT where not a big deal. I think I took the ACT and no, I don't remember my score.

Apparently things have changed dramatically. The SAT is very important. So much so, in fact, Debbie Stier, the author of The Perfect Score Project, took the test SEVEN times to prepare herself to help her son with the SAT.

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MYAQ0O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009MYAQ0O&linkCode=as2&tag=mrspriceisrig-20&linkId=KYMG343USXGPGZYC">The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT</a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=mrspriceisrig-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B009MYAQ0O" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />In this book, Debbie Stier, who works in the publishing industry, writes of her family journey and her research into and practice for the SAT. Throughout the narrative she includes practical notes on taking the SAT.

My daughter is a year off from middle school age, so I will definitely keep this on my shelf for later. Even so, there were a few points from the book I find useful even now:
  • Tricks on a test cannot make up for a poor foundation in a subject.
  • Deliberate practice makes a difference and is not what most of us do when we practice. We need to practice those things we do not know not what we do know.
  • Do not delegate the authority of your teens over to their peers. Parents/family need to stay the center of your teen's life.
If you want to have a resource of ideas about preparing for the SAT, this is a really good, practical book. If you would like an interesting, non-fiction read, this is a good choice especially since it is written as a narrative. If you want a parenting book, this is not it.

Find out more about the SAT and The Perfect Score Project on the website or Facebook page.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. The review also has affiliate links.

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