We are in SAT prep mode. Nobody is especially happy about it. Not the student, who now has to do mountains of extra SAT homework or risk the wrath of the mother who wrote an extravagant check to pay for the class. Not the mother, who now has her Sundays hijacked having to drive said student to said 2-and-a-half-hour-class.
The idea, which seemed terribly clever back in July, was to set up a small-group review class (just 3 kids) and bite the bullet now before 11th grade spun hopelessly out of control. The vision was to start early and get the darn tests over with and create some headroom for all the other pressures of 11th grade.
I'm not sure this was a good vision or a bad vision but I will say that I'm very happy with our SAT prep program and tutor. This is not a franchised national test prep class. It's a local program here in Atlanta called Appelrouth Tutoring, run by a sweetheart of a guy named Jed Appelrouth who really "gets" teenagers. Jed's tutoring staff are well screened grownups and the philosophy of the place is that "better tutors achieve better results."
I never had a warm fuzzy feeling about the factory-like test prep program my older son enrolled in, but I guess it did the job.
So as a public service to parents of 11th and 12th graders I want to point you to Jed's Appelrouth's fabulous chart comparing the SAT to the ACT. If you are bewildered by testing options, if your last go-round with the SAT's and ACT's was decades ago, and if your H.S. guidance counselors are in over their heads, you really need to look at it.