Saturday, August 9, 2014

One Mom's Quest for Perfection

Planning to take the SAT test this year? If so, you might start by reading The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Stier, a forty-eight-year-old mother of two. Stier started sampling SAT prep books and courses to encourage her high-school-age son to study for the exam.  Before she knew it, Stier’s simple motivational exercise had mushroomed into a grueling quest to achieve a perfect score on all three (critical reading, math, and writing) sections of the SAT. Stier took the exam every time it was offered in 2011 for a total of 7 times. Mixing anecdotes with test-taking tips, The Perfect Score Project offers practical advice to test takers of all ages.  For an entertaining review of this book by another unlikely SAT candidate read Elizabeth Kolbert’s "Big Score: When Mom Takes the SATs" in The New Yorker.

The Library offers a wide selection of instructional resources and test prep books.  Moreover, Library cardholders can access, free of charge, INSPIRE's Testing and Education Resource Center, an excellent source of ebooks, academic question banks, and practice tests.

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