A NYT article (registration required) on preparing for the SAT’s features this advice from Richard Nesbitt.

College admissions officials tend to play down the advantage of commercial test preparation. ”My advice always is, rather than wait until the last minute and do some sort of remedial work, read a lot, and read with a dictionary,” says Richard Nesbitt, director of admissions at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. ”Instead of spending $875 for a course, pay $15 for an SAT booklet or go online to the College Board to get used to the idea of being timed and to know the types of questions. People think, ‘I’m going to be at a disadvantage because so-and-so is doing that.’ It’s unfortunate the test companies are preying on people’s angst.”

Does the college presume that most students have had test prep and consider that in their decisions? Mr. Nesbitt answers indirectly, saying only that the college presumes that disadvantaged students have not had test prep.

Now if Nesbitt only had some advice for me on how to get my daughter to read Junie B. Jones with a dictionary, I’d be all set.

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