The Following article is an excerpt from the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Commission Report which addresses increasing public concern about standardized admission tests and their greater importance in undergraduate admission over the past decade.
Best Practices for Test Preparation
Commission members agreed that the best form of test preparation is focused on core knowledge content and on skills that will help prepare students for their academic future. Members of the Commission agree that, due to the inevitability of test preparation, there are aspects of test preparation that may be considered best practice.
Defining test preparation takes on added urgency in instances where preparation for standardized tests infringes on the ability of teachers to spend adequate time on core curriculum. Students, families, counselors, schools, or school districts seeking appropriate test preparation for standardized admission tests should require that each of the following attributes are present in the test preparation program:
Ø Familiarity with test question format
Ø Familiarity with test administration procedures
Ø Alignment with skills necessary to master college preparatory coursework
Ø Instruction in basic study habits and skills
Commission Recommendation: Collecting Promising Test Preparation Practice
The Commission recommends that high schools and other organizations submit research to NACAC with the purpose of establishing a trusted source for best practice and professional development. From this central knowledge base, college admission counseling professionals, supported by the association, can continually assess and share information about test preparation that is aligned with the development of student study skills, academic achievement, and test familiarization.
Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling - Report of the Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admission (http://www.nacacnet.org/Pages/default.aspx)