The Perfect Score Project

The Perfect Score Project

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The Perfect Score Project is an indispensable guide to acing the SAT a€“ as well as the affecting story of a single moma€™s quest to light a fire under her teenage son. It all began as an attempt by Debbie Stier to help her high-school age son, Ethan, who would shortly be studying for the SAT. Aware that Ethan was a typical teenager (i.e., completely uninterested in any test) and that a mind-boggling menu of test-prep options existed, she decided a€“ on his behalf -- to sample as many as she could to create the perfect SAT test-prep recipe. Debbiea€™s quest turned out to be an exercise in both hilarity and heartbreak as she took the SAT seven times in one year and in-between a€œwent to schoola€ on standardized testing. Here, she reveals why the SAT has become so important, the cottage industries it has spawned, what really works in preparing for the test and what is a waste of time. Both a toolbox of fresh tips and an amusing snapshot of parental love and wisdom colliding with teenage apathy, The Perfect Score Project rivets. In the book Debbie does it all: wrestles with Kaplan and Princeton Review, enrolls in Kumon, navigates, meets regularly with a premier grammar coach, takes a battery of intelligence tests, and even cadges free lessons from the worlda€™s most prestigious (and expensive) test prep company. Along the way she answers the questions that plague every test-prep rookie, including: a€œWhen do I start?a€...a€Do the brand-name test prep services really deliver?a€...a€Which should I go with: a tutor, an SAT class, or self study?a€...a€Does test location really matter?a€ a€b a€œHow do I find the right tutor?a€a€b a€œHow do SAT scores affect merit aid?a€... and a€œWhata€™s the one thing I need to know?a€ The Perfect Score Projecta€™s combination of charm, authority, and unexpected poignancy makes it one of the most compulsively readable guides to SAT test prep ever a€“ and a book that will make you think hard about what really matters. From the Hardcover edition.The essay graders can be erratic, to say the least, so better to play it safe if you are hoping to score in the 10a€“ 11 zone. ... On the other hand, I spent all year trying to work in one of my favorite books, The Things They Carried, without success. ... A simple recipe for the essay exists that should earn you a 10 if you practice.

Title:The Perfect Score Project
Author:Debbie Stier
Publisher:Harmony - 2014-02-25


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