Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
However, this effective process wasn’t functional when I entered high school. The internet didn’t contain high-level problems for me to practice with, and so, my grades took a bit of a dive in my IB and AP classes. I could only hope that hours of rigorous work can somehow match lessons other students get in thirty minutes with qualified teachers. We also didn’t have the funds to hire an expensive tutor, especially for big tests like the SAT or IB tests, because those tutors would charge $200 to $300 a month. I also had to study on my own for these tests, however, it was hard to balance studying for school and the SAT. While other students had $1,000 summer camps and personalized tutors, I had nothing except for College Board’s released SATs and YouTube tips.
Although it was vigorous, I’m honestly appreciative for this experience. It has established me into an independent, diligent student who has the courage to discover and try new things. My grades aren’t perfect, but the knowledge that I’ve worked extremely hard for them gives me the satisfaction that a perfect score could never bring.
Sara from Texas
High School Senior
Westwood High School