Hi Friend,

Everyone hates test prep. Let’s just get real about it.

Most parents I talk with hate scheduling it, but when it comes to sports, don’t mind blocking out time for practices, games and tournaments.

Why?

If one of the reasons the child is doing a sport has to do with college admissions, why not focus on the one thing that will completely choose which types of colleges your kid can apply to.

There is nothing I hate more than when parents say, “my child is learning about the SAT or ACT at school and doing it for 30 minutes a week.”

Or, here’s my favorite, “oh, the math teacher is incorporating some of the questions on the SAT/ACT in her classroom.”

Wow, sounds great. I wonder what score the math teacher got on her test. Hmm, maybe an 1150?

Now, I know I riled some of you up with that one, but let me be frank with you.

Do you hire a piano teacher to help your kid learn tennis?

NO.

So, don’t expect someone who teaches basic algebra to go over expert test-taking strategies or discuss the exact way a test is structured, when in reality, this teacher has been giving the same tests year after year for her math class.

Tomorrow, I am going to talk about how there are test dates almost EVERY single month of the year, and how you are missing them!

-Neha