By: Janeen Scaringelli, FVHS Registrar
Getting ready for college is a stressful time in a teen’s life. ACT and SAT prep can be especially intense. Fortunately, there are ways that parents can ease test anxiety and give their teens the support they need for exam success.
Stay Calm and Keep Things in Perspective
Your child will be anxious about his or her test scores. So will you. You care about their future as much as they do, and you may know more than they do about their upcoming challenges. But test anxiety is contagious. Keep your worries in check. If you can face test prep setbacks calmly, your teen will have the confidence to keep trying.
No Gossip or Bragging
When your child is making great progress in their test prep, it’s easy to run out and tell everyone. But you know what’s hard? Preparing for the ACT or SAT in front of an audience. Mastering test skills is stressful enough with just you watching your teen. Keep your child’s test prep between you and them. That way, your teen will focus on their own performance, not on what other people think of their performance.
Start Early and Plan in Advance
Talk to your child about the importance of ACT and SAT scores early on, in their first or second year of high school. Encourage them to get started with one of our test prep courses.
FVHS offers successful prep courses to help your child be more successful for their test.
- Practice online anytime for any standardized test
- Practice questions styled after actual test samples
- Video lectures, presentation notes & learning tips
- Integrated, LIVE tutoring support
Dates to Know:
Where Do We Register?
ACT – www.act.org
SAT – www.collegeboard.org
- Remember, not only does your child need a good ACT/SAT score for university entrance, they need it to graduate from FVHS if they have not passed a state exit exam.
Graduation Minimum Scores:
- Reading: 19
- Math: 15
- Critical Reading: 430
- Math: 340
- 3.0 in core classes (B)
- ACT: 22
- SAT: 1120
The above scores are based on most state universities, but can vary. Please check admission requirements to any university your child is interested in attending.
Important Information for High School Parents
The earlier you reach out to your children in their high school years, the less stressed they will be to fulfill their dreams after graduation.
Talk to your child about how to pay for college. Research scholarships early and apply for FAFSA at: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm