College-bound students face many challenges when it comes to the college admissions process, according to Beth Wingert, a career coach and professional development instructor for Kuder.
So, perhaps it’s no surprise that Wingert’s college-bound clients report that college entrance exams are a major source of stress. Lauren Weber, now a college senior, received coaching from Wingert when she was in high school. Weber characterized the ACT prep process as "intimidating and stressful, especially with the challenge of finishing as many questions as possible in the time allotted."
Former coaching client Maddy Lickteig, now a first-year student at Iowa State University, said, "knowing that [college entrance exam scores] could make or break your chances [of getting into] the college of your dreams is a lot to handle."
While the debate continues over the value and role of entrance exams in the college admissions process (recently, some colleges have adopted “test-flexible” or “test-optional” polices), the fact is that these standardized tests are required by most selective schools as part of the admissions process. The reason? According to Wingert, test scores are still widely considered to be indicators of college readiness and predictors of postsecondary academic outcomes. “Most parents and educators agree that their role is to help students do their best by giving them a chance to prepare and practice well in advance of test day,” she said.
“Preparing for college entrance exams can help students focus on the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college, and college entrance exam scores can help guide students’ college selection,” continued Wingert.
Wingert noted that in some cases, strong scores can lower a student’s tuition by enabling them to qualify for merit-based scholarships. “So, preparing for college entrance exams just makes sense,” she said. “The more students know before they take their college entrance exams, the better off they’ll be.”
Test prep in Kuder Navigator® helps familiarize students with standardized tests, gain confidence, and boost scores.
According to Wingert and her team of career coaches, it’s important to familiarize students with college entrance exams by helping them understand the content, structure, pacing, and scoring of the tests. But test prep can be cost-prohibitive. All students should have an equal opportunity to prepare for college. That’s why Navigator features an optional College Access Package that not only includes online test prep and practice from Peterson’s, but also a college match tool, electronic transcript transmission integration, and college and scholarship application tracking functionalities.
Test prep courses and practice tests included in the Navigator College Access Package:
SAT Online Course
This course begins with an initial diagnostic pretest to determine strengths and weaknesses. Based on results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide information needed to build skills. Includes three practice tests.
SAT Practice Test
Test subjects include reading, writing and language, math and the optional essay. Includes three practice tests with detailed answer explanations.
ACT Online Course
An initial diagnostic pretest determines students’ strengths and weaknesses. Based on results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide the information needed to build skills. The course contains three practice tests.
ACT Practice Test
For students who aren’t ready for the course, this offers quick ACT practice tests. Test subjects include English, math, reading, science, and the optional writing section. Three practice tests include detailed answer explanations.
PSAT Practice Test
Students can prepare for the PSAT with this practice test that’s complete with detailed answer explanations.
ACCUPLACER Online Course
Students can prepare for college placement exams with this course. An initial diagnostic pretest determines students’ strengths and weaknesses. Based on results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide information needed to build skills. Contains three practice tests.
OASC Online Course
This Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is aligned to military standard tests such as the ASVAB for Vo-Tech. Students can brush up on English and math basic skills in this course. An initial diagnostic pretest determines strengths and weaknesses. Based on results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide information needed to build skills. Contains multiple practice and post sets.
GED Practice Tests
Students can prepare for the GED exam as they prep for the four tests that must be passed prior to earning a GED®: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. Contains two practice tests with detailed answer explanations.
For more information about the add-on College Access Package in Navigator, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test prep is also an available add-on in Kuder Journey®. It includes tests and practice courses for Accuplacer, ASVAB, GRE®, and GMAT®.
Why Test Prep Works for Standardized Tests
- college and career readiness
- college entrance exams