In the education world, there is an ongoing conversation about closing the “achievement gaps” between students of different groups. There is a mountain of research analyzing the academic progress of different socioeconomic, cultural, and racial cohorts of students. A study by three researchers at Columbia University, published in the American Behavioral Studies journal, suggests that classroom behavior problems may be an even more significant factor than family income on students’ test scores, as early as kindergarten.
The race to college actually begins in middle school. Young students and their parents should start to plan ahead in the earliest years. While we at Chicago Academic never recommend adding stress to young students, or aggressively stretching them past their natural strengths, we do believe that students should maximize their abilities to best position themselves down the road.
Some colleges may no longer require standardized test scores, but for most high-school students, test-taking is still a reality. Here's some advice that might help you decide which test is best suited to you.