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    DD is in the same boat. We need her to get about 60 more points on the SAT for some academic money. She has got it in her head that "she is not a good test taker." Gotta do some practice tests and try to get that attitude changed around.

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    This is one of the most informative threads I have ever read. Thanks to all for sharing some great info.
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    And for future recruits hoping to accept a verbal... Take the ACT early and often. 8th grade is a good place to start to know where you stand and the amount of work necessary to meet the school's requirements (be sure to ask!).

    Before my daughter was offered a verbal from a high academic D1 school they requested both her report card and ACT results. Having taken the test early and scoring well I believe certainly helped her recruiting prospects. She included the details in emails to the schools and I think it opened some doors.

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    I was the original poster and am giving an update for my DD status on the test. She did take the test the 2nd time in December and she gained 3 points. She's at a 22 and needs to make a 24 or better to get the merit scholarship and get into the school she's verballed to. She's been working with a tutor online since December. The tutor process involves doing homework of taking old tests and she reviews the items she got wrong with her tutor. Were scheduled to take the ACT on April 14th. Of course this conflicts with the a double header we have on that day with the returning state champs. But we got to take the test. Shes been scoring around 25 to 26 on the practice tests. Hoping for the best.
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    Here's the update on my DD. DD been working hard on practice tests and with the tutor. She loves the tutor, but she's getting tired of doing all the extra work and she gets past the hurdle. This was ACT weekend (14th of April). We took the test out of town over an hour away, and took at the school where our team had double header against state champs. We did this so she get to game faster after the test.

    Anyway, she came out a little frustrated was about to cry. She didn't get to the last 10 questions on the math (but guessed). But she did spend more time getting the right answer on the earlier easier questions, so shes probably ok. There's a lot of pressure on her, and this test is mentally grueling. She did say she felt she did much better on the English and wasn't sure on science. She needs two more points. She doesn't want to take again this summer, so well be anxious the two weeks on the score.

    The good news was the weather was horrible in Indiana on Saturday, so they couldn't play softball. But, they had a giant dome in town with turf and moved the game inside. 1st game indoors in Indiana history. Also she would have missed the 1st game if outside. They moved the start time to 1:30 and she was able to play both games. Talking about getting lucky on timing. The ACT didn't have any negative affects. She went 3-4 in 1st game with homer. And she pitched the second game against some good bats and got a 1-0 shoutout win. Big day for her.
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    I got nothing, other than to say good luck and once she gets the score she needs (and she will) to then forget about it. I roomed with a kid my freshmen year who got a perfect SAT score (back then 800 on math and verbal) who spent his entire freshmen
    year drunk to the point where I would lay a towel between our beds before I went to sleep so he had a place to puke when he got home. Super nice guy and ended doing fine but standardized tests are not real good indicators of success in college.

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    Take the ACT early and often. 8th grade is a good place to start to know where you stand and the amount of work necessary to meet the school's requirements (be sure to ask!).
    Really? 8th grade is a good time to start taking college acceptance tests?

    Seems a little overboard. But I guess if the kid buys into it, why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Softball scholar View Post
    Were definitely not giving up. She might be able to get in with a lower score, but the merit monies start at 24. At least both are DD are aiming high. Were hoping the course and a little experience with the test will help. Also going to have her try the SAT in March. Either SAT or ACT will work. Just wondering if DDs have done better on ACT or SAT.
    In general, the ACT is somewhat easier for girls than the SAT. a 29 in the ACT will get you into most schools including NESCAC, 31 for the IVY's.

    Get a tutor, a good one can give her enough tricks of the exam to grab those extra points. All the standardized tests SAT and ACT included, are an art, they all have their little quirks. It is great that you recognize the value of the academic money (unfortunately the NESCAC's and Ivy's do not offer academic aid, when I asked why, the financial aid guy said "how would we choose who gets academic aid, every student here qualifies"!)

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    if they are verbaling as Freshmen, why is 8th grade so early. It really is not and neither is looking at every college campus within easy distance from all those tournaments, particularly the tournaments and campuses outside your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obbay View Post
    Really? 8th grade is a good time to start taking college acceptance tests?

    Seems a little overboard. But I guess if the kid buys into it, why not.
    Taking the ACT/SAT early was a good plan when coaches could recruit 8th and 9th graders. Now that the rules have changed, your DD may not need to worry about it until 10th grade.
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