SAT Prep for an ADHD Student

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Just when you thought high school was falling into a predictable pattern, you discover it’s time for your student to take the SAT - the Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAT Prep for your ADHD student sounds like a nightmare, but you can help him prepare so he’ll know what to expect. She may not thank you today, but one day you’ll hear about how grateful she is for your support. Start your best strategic plan early and be sure to: 1. Secure test accommodations. The College Board can grant your student special testing accommodations like extra time or more breaks, but you must apply for these, so … [Read more...]

Helping Your ADHD-Inattentive Child or Teen: How Much is Too Much?

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"You do too much! She should do it herself." This was the unsolicited advice our 19-year-old daughter gave me when she found out that her 16-year-old sister Lesley continued to ask for my editing help for an English essay. I immediately replied: "She still has ADHD-I, you know. That's not changed." Olivia was adamant: I helped too much. At the same time, I felt strongly that Lesley needed the help. My older daughter is majoring in English at her university, and any sort of writing project continues to be her strength. Meanwhile, Lesley's taking her first Advanced Placement English … [Read more...]

How to Help an ADHD Child with the SAT

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Our last post gave you some important tips to help your ADHD child with the SAT. One of our readers emailed us additional insight and wisdom that she has gained from experience with HER daughter. For those of you with younger children, don't skip this! There is also an amazing piece of advice I've never heard that you need to start on NOW. We've changed up some of the facts, below to protect privacy, but we've been given permission to share the following... Every year from 9th grade on my child took the PSAT---Preliminary SAT—to give her practice for the time in her Junior year of high … [Read more...]

Preparing for the SAT or ACT: A Guide for ADHD Students

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The first time Joe had a College Board test - I think it was the PSAT - we didn't know you needed to apply for testing accommodations. Joe went in expecting extra time, and he was unpleasantly surprised. Today's post is by Jenn Cohen, the self described 'Chief Word Nerd' of Jenn Cohen Tutoring. She has some invaluable tips to help you navigate the troubled waters of the SAT and the ACT. I wish I had read this a few years ago! College admissions tests are a necessity for most college bound students, but just a mere mention of those three letters S-A-T can make kids (and parents) run for … [Read more...]

Standardized Test Hint – Know When to Fold

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Here's a great hint that will help your child during a standardized test. Though this year's tests are still a good way off, this strategy requires a bit of practice. So, take notes! When taking a test, each child is given at least one piece of plain paper for scrap. The paper is most often unlined. Students should, just as they begin to take the test, fold that paper in half, in half again, and in half again. For a reading test, children can use it as a place holder while they are reading. They can also jot down relevant points on one section of the folded paper. They'll use the notes … [Read more...]

Teaching the Test

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If your child brings home a test with a lower grade than you would like, take some time to review the test. First of all, find out what sort of mistakes were made. Did your child simply not have a grasp of the material? Were the wrong things studied? Were the mistakes careless? Were there transposing errors - especially in math - where numbers were reversed? If the test was multiple choice, did your child get the right answer on the scratch sheet, but circled or bubbled the wrong answer? Then find out which type of answers are hardest for your child. Multiple choice often require your child … [Read more...]

Multiplying Success ~ Helping Your Child Prepare for a Standardized Test

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One half of the students at Booker Elementary School went to the soccer game. 1/3 of the students wore blue. ½ of the students who wore blue were boys. Forty boys wore blue. How many students were in the school? A. 120 B. 240 C. 480 D. 560 Please hurry and solve this problem, because you have 37 more like it, and only 90 minutes to finish them all….And you're in the third grade. (This is a variation of an actual problem on a standardized test for 3rd graders.) This is the second in a three part series about preparing your child for the end of year exams. Whatever your … [Read more...]

Test Taking Strategies – Reading Comprehension

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Which of the following relationships is most similar to the relationship below? standardized testing : life success      A. stormy : weather      B. weather : climate      C. rain : snow      D. weather : happiness This is the last in a three part series about preparing your child for the end of year exams. Whatever your opinion about the necessity and validity of testing, you cannot change the fact that your child will soon be handed a bubble sheet and asked to remember … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Prepare for a Standardized Test

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John is in the fourth grade, and his school has announced the dates for the end of the year standardized testing. Given that John struggles academically, how should his parents approach this event? A. Hope for the best. B. Pressure John to pay attention and study. C. Tell John just to do his best. D. Ensure John is prepared emotionally and academically.   Most parents have a lot to say about the validity and necessity of standardized tests. Your viewpoint on the subject will not change the fact that your child will soon face the rigors of the dreaded end of year exam. … [Read more...]