Is extra preparation for college-admissions tests worth it?

05/20/2009 | Washington Post, The

Students who receive coaching before college-admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT receive receive an average score increase of only 30 points over students who receive no coaching, according to a study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. "General research says there is little or no effect of test prep, so don't waste your time," said Charles Deacon, dean of admissions at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "However, we do know for some people there is a pretty good effect. ... It may help them reach a cutoff point for a scholarship or even admissions at certain state systems."

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