Review: SAT (AND ACT) AND COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE FOR THE CHRISTIAN STUDENT / by James Slobaugh

SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student, enhanced edition / by James P. Slobaugh.

Master Books (June 23, 2011), ISBN 978-0890516249

HS, grades 9-12, rating: 4. Paperback.

                                                           

ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student / by James P. Slobaugh.

New Leaf Publishing Group (January 13, 2012), ISBN 978-0890516393

HS, grades 9-12, rating: 4. Paperback.

James Stobaugh, a certified SAT/ACT scorer, presents two valuable books for high schoolers to prepare them for college entrance exams. Following the lessons in SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student and ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student will also help students grow in their spiritual life.

ACT is an achievement test covering English, math, reading, and science, while the SAT is an IQ test, based on critical thinking and aptitude. It takes time to raise SAT scores (Stobaugh recommends one to three years of preparation), while a student can raise the ACT score in fifty days. The SAT measures the student’s ability to solve problems, while the ACT measures the student’s acquisition of knowledge.

The two volumes are very similar. Both take the approach that “beating the test” is not their goal, but spiritual and practical preparation is vital to doing one’s best. Stobaugh stresses reading 50-100 pages per day to increase verbal and critical thinking skills. Both volumes encourage reading at least one challenging literary book per week.

Each volume has lessons with answers, and a free downloadable workbook. Each SAT lesson includes scripture, vocabulary words, and a critical thinking section to enhance verbal and math skills. Each ACT lesson covers scripture, vocabulary, reading comprehension, English grammar, math, and science. Both volumes have appendices: vocabulary helps, a book list, reading journal, devotional journal, and test-taking strategies.

The ACT volume includes Greek and Latin morphemes, while the SAT volume includes fifty college entrance essays. The latter answers general questions about the PSAT and NMSQT tests as well as the SAT.

Following the lessons counts as one full year elective for most home school diploma programs. It is a must-read for all Christians bound for college as a way to prepare for the rigors of college work.

— reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, February 2013.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Carol R. Gehringer

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