USNEWS:在新的一年里,参加SAT与ACT考试的同学需设定3个目标

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2019年1月7日
劳伦斯维尔高中(Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ)
2019年1月9日
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By Tiffany Sorensen

统一考试,才是最公平的录取方式!虽然有所谓的一些“应试教育”的负面效应,但严格来说,你实在是无法拿出更好的办法。所以即使在美国这样的提倡个性的国家,统一招生考试,仍然是无法跨过的门槛。SAT与ACT作为美国高中毕业生申请大学的两种入学考试,是所有高中生都在关注的。而现在已经是一月初,这是一个反省和改变的理想时间,要通过自我完善来提高两种考试的成绩。因此,计划参加ACT或SAT考试的同学们应该花这段时间来思考他们2019年的备考目标,并制定如何实现这些目标的计划。USNEWS的教育专栏作家在此发表了此文,提醒了广大高中生要根据自身特点来进行规划。

当然这篇文章也给广大的中国考生一个警示,那就是美国的同学们也是非常重视应试的,所以在这个共同竞争的大舞台上,要重视所有的竞争对手,更何况本身在顶级大学的录取上就处于劣势!

Early January is an ideal time for introspection and changes that will lead to self-improvement. As such, students planning to take the ACT or SAT should take this time to meditate on their test prep goals for 2019, as well as lay out a plan for how to go about achieving them.

High school students can adopt the following goals to guide themselves through their 2019 test prep.

Select test preparation strategies that suit you, rather than solely relying on your friends’ experiences. Some students may mistakenly and exclusively draw upon test preparation strategies that their friends have recommended. Note, however, that the techniques that work for your friends may work for you, but this is not a given. Consider all of your study options before narrowing them down to the ones that suit your needs.

When making decisions about study techniques, catering to your unique learning style should always be a priority. A kinesthetic learner and a verbal learner will likely not find the same technique equally productive. This is why you must know what your learning style is and determine which methods work for that style. Luckily, this information is widely available on the web.

By only taking test preparation advice from friends who could have different learning styles than you, you may miss out on discovering the methods that are most effective for you.

Test multiple review techniques, including those that have proven unsuccessful in a traditional academic context like the classroom. Another mistake to avoid is immediately rejecting a review technique – i.e. writing notes by hand or utilizing flashcards – whether common or unconventional. Both conventional and less common techniques can be effective, even if the technique has been less successful in the classroom.

Deciding which review techniques to utilize for ACT or SAT prep should be a judgment call based on your own preferences and educational history, as well as contextual assessment. In other words, before you decide to discard a specific study strategy, be sure to test it on the exam that you will be taking. A technique that did not serve you in English class may still prove useful on the ACT or SAT.

Remember that the success of your admissions portfolio is not solely dependent on test scores. Standardized test scores comprise one of numerous important factors in your college admissions portfolio. Many students worry themselves sick when they do not get the ACT or SAT score they want. Others dedicate an excessive amount of time to test preparation, at the expense of other endeavors that impact their chances of acceptance.

For a healthy and beneficial 2019, remember that extracurricular activities, GPA, letters of recommendation and other college application factors should receive an equal amount of attention.

College admissions counselors are aware that standardized test scores are not always an accurate representation of a student’s abilities. This is why they look at a variety of documents before making a decision about an applicant.

The good news is that a low standardized test score does not always constitute an automatic rejection. However, a low test score combined with weaknesses in other areas might. Attend to all components of your college applications for the greatest chance of admission.

The new year is here, so it is time for a new perspective on test preparation. Start by making these promises to yourself, and be sure to keep them on hand for future reference.

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