Not only are exam scores an important factor in the admissions process, they are also frequently used to determine merit-based financial aid and scholarships, says Chuck Cohn, founder and CEO of Varsity Tutors
"Achieving your best possible score on either exam can mean all the difference in getting into your school of choice and having the financial means to pursue your dream," he
"Taking a practice exam enables students to ascertain their specific challenges and weaknesses, and how many points they need to increase their score to an adequate level," Cohn
Families should inquire upfront about additional fees and add-on costs such as books and other learning materials, suggests Cohn
suggests that students begin prep two to three months prior to taking the exam and clock between 12-15 hours of total prep weekly.
"Creating a well-devised study plan adapted to the learner is one of the most critical steps to being adequately prepared for any standardized test," he