Entrance Exam Season

A few weeks ago my brother called me to ask about his college entrance applications. Sometimes I still get amazed that he’s already at the threshold of becoming a college freshman. I still remember him as the first grader I used to help with his homework! Now he is much taller than me and is quite independent in many, many ways. Anyway, we got down to the nitty-gritty of filling up various forms and I was glad to see how well he was able to manage these things on his own. Then again, I suppose it is really kind of like a rite of passage that we all go through at one point or another. He then asked me whether or not he should “study” for the entrance exams, or whether he should enroll in one of those tutorial or review centers that specialize in college entrance exams.

I told him that it would really depend on how he  felt about it, because people respond to these types of tests differently. For example, I survived on just going through some sample test questions in those sat/lsat prep courses online. I was able to try a wide array of tests which are usually asked in these types of tests, such as logic reasoning, verbal comprehension, and mathematical analysis. But, I told him, not everyone is suited for this kind of a review. Some need a classroom based, interactive session to get ready.

As a teacher myself, I do not discount the fact that these types of reviews help, but I also recognize that since these are typically intelligence and achievement tests, you do not really need to “study” for it. Perhaps practice is the more appropriate term for it.

For those who are gearing up for their college entrance exams in these coming months, good luck 🙂

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