WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

ACT/SAT Test Preparation and Coaching Programs

Test preparation programs—sometimes referred to as test coaching programs—have been implemented with the goal of increasing student scores on college entrance tests. They generally (a) familiarize students with the format of the test; (b) introduce general test-taking strategies (e.g., get a good night’s sleep); (c) introduce specific testtaking strategies (e.g., whether the test penalizes incorrect answers, and what this means for whether or not one should guess an answer if it is not known); and (d) specific drills (e.g., practice factoring polynomial expressions). The programs can be delivered in person or online, and in whole class settings, in small groups, and individually.

Reviewed Research

October 2016
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
General academic achievement (high school) Positive effects 6 studies meet standards 10-12 65,603
 
 
9
Domingue, B., & Briggs, D. C. (2009) 10-12 706 --
Filizola, E. (2008) 10-11 24
 
 
11
Holmes, C. T., & Keffer, R. L. (1995) 10-12 70
 
 
19
McClain, T. B. (1999) 12 40 --
McMann, P. K. (1994) 10-11 196
 
 
13
Scholes, R. J., & Lain, M. M. (1997, March) 11-12 64,567 --

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