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Performing well on the SAT can be a team effort. Parents can be involved in their student’s success and this requires more than just demanding study time. Knowledge is very important, but attitudes and anxiety can affect a student’s performance as well. Here are a few ways you can help your child prepare for the SAT.

Start Early

Even as kids enter high school parents can cultivate an environment that will lead to a confident SAT taker. Campus Explorer suggests making a variety of reading material readily available such as The New York Times, classics, or even popular novels. You want your child to feel confident reading and comprehending a variety of materials. Keep track of your child’s success in various subjects in school. If they are struggling, now is the time to help them. Don’t wait until it is time to take the SAT.

Relieve Anxiety

US News suggests that anxiety can be cyclical. The anxiety students are experiencing regarding the pressures of doing well on the SAT can rub off on parents and vice versa. It is important that parents recognize anxiety in both themselves and their children. If you as a parent are feeling anxious, you need to find ways to stay calm. Breathing exercises, physical exercise and eating well can all help relieve stress for both parents and students.

Talk with your kids to help them recognize when they are experiencing anxiety. Give them an opportunity to express their fears and worries and then give them tools to relieve stress and feel calmer.

Boost Confidence

Remember to stay positive as you help your child prepare for the test. Offer plenty of compliments and consistent reminders of when your child has been successful. It is easy to feel inadequate when facing a test that covers ten years of learning. When parents stay positive and are quick to offer encouragement test takers will approach the test confidently.


Familiarity with the SAT can both reduce anxiety and boost confidence. When a test taker has a strong understanding of what they are facing, they won’t be overwhelmed by the mystery of the test. Offer plenty of opportunities to practice. Sample questions and the PSAT can all be helpful. According to the College Board’s data for the class of 2011 students who took the PSAT scored an average of 145 points higher than those that didn’t.

Prep courses are also helpful for providing the tools a student needs to understand how the test works and how to approach it. The more coaching and practice a student has had, the more familiar they will be with the SAT.


Remember you student is facing the SAT on top of all of the other stress they face from day to day in high school. Their workload in classes can vary, as well as demands they face from extracurricular activities. Keep a close eye on whether or not your child is handling everything well. You may discover you need to cut a few things out of their schedule to help them have time to prepare for the SAT. Help your child prioritize their time and let them know when it is ok to say no. This is a skill that will help them throughout their life.

Parents are a critical part of a child’s success when taking the SAT. While you cannot take the test for them, you can offer them the best possible environment for achievement. Offer students a calm and encouraging environment with plenty of opportunities to become familiar with the SAT. Watch closely to make sure they are thriving rather than struggling and help them have appropriate tools to relieve stress and feel confident.


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