In this episode of the College Checklist Podcast, I interview Debbie Stier, author of the Perfect Score Project. Debbie shares insights from her journey as she tackled the SAT the year before her son Ethan did in order to figure out the best methods of preparation for the test.
Debbie even went so far as to take the SAT an incredible seven times in one year. She shares some great tips on what to do and what not to do in preparing for the SAT, including some great test day tips.
Debbie’s #1 takeaway from her SAT journey is that preparing for the SAT is not a fast process, but it does not need to be a reviled rite of passage. I can’t agree with that statement enough and am grateful to Debbie for sharing her experience with us in this episode.
As an added bonus, at the end of the episode I’ll share with you a way for you to win a free copy of Debbie’s book.
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About Debbie Stier
Debbie Stier has a background in the publishing world and is the author of The Perfect Score Project*. In 2011, Debbie took every SAT offered in an effort to motivate her son Ethan.
The book that results is part memoir, part research project that will open your eyes to all of the aspects of the SAT – from history and facts about the exam to the implications of a good SAT score to the touching (and stressful) moments that Debbie and her son share on this journey.
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A Few Tips for HIgher SAT Scores
- Physically cross out the wrong answers.
- Keep your own time. Wear an analog watch and, at the beginning of each section, set it at the top of the hour.
- Bring snacks, nothing big, dark chocolate and apples are good.
- Sit in the front row to minimize visual distractions.
- The night before , watch quiet TV and keep yourself from distractions. Make it a peaceful night.
“To be good at the SAT is to be good at reading, writing and math. It is not mutually exclusive to improving your GPA.”
“For SAT prep you need to be methodical. You need to choose one good plan and stick with that plan.”
“Learning vocabulary is not a short process. It takes time.”
“With SAT prep you need to get out of your comfort zone and do the work.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Try to have fun. Go into it with a positive attitude and it can be a wonderful shared experience.
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Pick one town and go on college tours. Do 1 per day and see all you can at that college.
Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien*
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