PSAT Prep Courses
5 Things to Consider for Selecting PSAT Prep Courses
There are many PSAT prep courses available in various formats. It is important that you judiciously select PSAT prep courses so that you do not waste time, effort, and money in courses that are not beneficial to you.
The five things to consider when you select PSAT prep courses are listed below.
- Identify Your Study Method
Before looking for PSAT prep courses, identify the method that works best for you. Questions such as “Do you study well when you are alone”, “Do you like the interactive way of studying or are you easily distracted in class”, “Do you belong to a group of friends who are preparing for the same test”? The answers to such questions will help you to gauge your study habits so that you can select an appropriate PSAT prep course. If you are able to concentrate when studying alone, you might want to opt for prep books or online PSAT prep courses. You can opt for the private tutoring mode if you have a group of friends and want focused attention. Similarly, if you like classroom PSAT prep courses, you can opt for the same.
- Self Evaluation
The next important aspect to consider when selecting PSAT prep courses is to check whether the PSAT prep course offers a diagnostic test. Taking a diagnostic test is essential because you need to be aware of your weak and strong areas. You also need to know how well prepared you are to appear for the test. Self-evaluation also helps you to identify the type of course you might need. For example, if you have not scored well in the Math section, you will need to judge the best way for you to study Math, that is, will you be able to prepare for Math alone or would you require private tutoring instead of a classroom course.
- Homework and Classwork
When you select PSAT prep courses, make sure that the course has less scope for homework. The prep course should not load you with additional homework and classwork. The PSAT preparation should be focused within the specified session. This is because you will have your school classwork and homework to complete. Besides that you will also need time for self study to reinforce the concepts taught in school and in your prep class. The allotted time for PSAT prep should be used to discuss questions and answers, study content, practice test papers, discuss strategies, and so on.
- Study Material
Most PSAT prep courses offer study material when you enrol in their course. Make sure your prep course does too. The study material provided in PSAT prep courses will include information specific to the PSAT test, which can also be useful as a “ready reckoner”.
- Discussing Scores
The PSAT prep course you select must include brief one-to-one sessions wherein your scores are discussed- starting from your diagnostic test scores to your practice test scores. This helps you to track your progress as well divert your effort toward the weaker areas.
PSAT Prep Books and Courses
There are many PSAT prep books available to help you prepare for the PSAT. Prep books are useful when you want to prepare by yourself rather than enrolling for any course. The popular PSAT prep books include:
- The Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT
- Barron's How to Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT
- Gruber's Complete PSAT/NMSQT Guide 2012
- Books by the Kaplan and Princeton group
A wide range of PSAT prep courses is also available. Of these, the most popular are:
- Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/college/psat-test-preparation.aspx
- Kaplan Test Prep: http://www.kaptest.com/College/PSAT/index.html
- Gleim Publications: https://www.gleimpsat.com/
- Brightstorm: www.brightstorm.com/psat/
Based on your convenience and study methodology, you can select the best preparation mode for the PSAT test.
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