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Succeeding with standardized tests
A standardized test is a test that is administered and scored in a consistent, or "standard", manner. Standardized tests are designed in such a way that the questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent and are administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner.

Getting into the college of your dreams can be stressful, and for many students, the most daunting part of the process is taking the SAT / ACT. These are half-day exams, typically first taken in the junior year of high school, often feel like they take an outsized role in the admissions process.

As you are no doubt aware, the process of registering and preparing for an examination can be confusing and expensive. The Bridge is dedicated to providing you with an easy-to-understand preparation materials. Whether you are applying for college, looking for a better job, or trying to get into the military, there is something useful for you at The Bridge.



To begin with, this study guide site provides general information for four different kinds of examination: admission, licensing, vocational, and primary/secondary. Admission exams are those like the SAT, TOEFL, GMAT or GRE that are taken as part of your application to college or graduate school. Licensing exams, for example, the NCLEX and Praxis exams, are required for certification in professions like teaching and nursing. Vocational exams are part of the admissions process for professional schools and the military. A couple of the more popular vocational exams are the ASVAB and the HOBET examinations. Finally, primary and secondary school exams are those like the FCAT and the THEA that are taken by students in elementary, middle, and high school. Success on secondary exams can be essential to advancing to the next grade or receiving a high school diploma.

The good news is that you can purchase any study materials through us, we are equipped with all latest study kits. Just mention it and it will get to you in days.

Let’s be upfront, though - you can study for any of those exams, and you can improve your score. There are several steps important steps in the preparation process:

1. Why Us

Why should you buy a book on How to Study for Standardized Tests from us?

  1. You want to increase your test score
  2. You believe that although you will perform well, you can do better
  3. You want to learn how to study less and still get a high score
  4. You are committed to devoting the time and energy necessary to improve your study techniques and test-taking skills
  5. All of the above!


2. Use released practice tests to study

At the start of your junior year, it’s time to focus on the real ACT and/or SAT by taking an official practice test. Both the SAT and ACT websites offer a free official practice test. For additional practice, you can access released versions of previous tests inexpensively by purchasing prep books released by the makers of SAT and ACT.
Make sure you treat this practice test seriously, timing yourself and taking it in a quiet place. This will allow you to see what you would actually score if you took the test, and it will give a benchmark for measuring your progress as you continue your test preparation.


3. Score your test, identify weaknesses, and make a plan

Go back through your results and identify what type of questions you consistently missed. Was it algebra? Grammar? Sentence structure? Did you miss mostly easy questions because you weren’t paying attention, or were there specific content areas where you struggled? Once you notice patterns of mistakes on a particular type of question or in a particular section of the test, make a plan indicating what you want to cover. Purchase a book with practice questions and explanations on these topics, or use one of several resources available for free online such as Khan Academy’s SAT prep materials. Regardless of which resource you use to study, the most important thing is to be targeted, focusing your energy on specific areas of weakness.


4. Track your progress

Start by focusing on improvement within a single section of the test. When you feel you’ve made substantial progress on preparing for that section (math, for instance), get out a new practice test but only take the math section. Take this practice section of the exam alone and under true test conditions. Compare the score you achieved on the section to your initial results. How did it go? Are you happy with your results? If so, congratulations - you are ready to move on with your preparation to another section of the test! When you have put in the necessary time across all sections and are feeling confident, take a new practice test ( the one you’ve never seen before!) and measure your progress against your initial benchmark. If you’ve made an improvement, then give yourself a pat on the back, because you are well on your way to preparing for success on the SAT and ACT!

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