Frequently Asked Questions :: Parents


What can I do to help my student?

Experience shows that parent involvement is very important to the program's success. Please show your student that you are interested in her progress and give her plenty of encouragement.

The best way to help your student is to get involved. Ask your student about his test preparation goals, monitor his progress as he completes the course, and encourage good time management.

Students who know the test have less test anxiety and will perform better, with less stress. Practicing will reduce the "unknowns" on test day.


I'm not sure which test my student will take; Can he/she take both prep courses?

The choice of whether to take the SAT* or ACT used to be determined by school/region. The SAT is more commonly required by schools in states on the east and west coasts. The ACT is more commonly required by schools in states in the midwest and the south. Today, however, most schools accept both SAT and ACT scores, which means that students can decide for themselves.

Although the tests are similar, there are some key differences. On the SAT, the writing section is required, and the essay factors into the overall score. On the ACT, students can choose whether or not to take the Writing section. Another difference is the way the tests are scored. On the SAT, a small amount is deducted for every wrong answer. On the ACT, only correct answers count, so students should answer every question. The SAT tests reading comprehension, math, and writing skills, but the ACT also tests science. Don't worry too much, though -- the test doesn't ask about specific science facts; it is more about the student's ability to read and interpret scientific information.

Neither the SAT nor ACT is easier or better, but by getting to know each, students can decide their preference.

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How much does it cost?

The test preparation courses are free resources for NJROTC cadets.


How does my student sign up?

The student selects either the SAT or ACT button on the homepage of this site and registers for the test preparation course.


Will my student's scores be shared with anyone?

Yes; the student's school will have access to the scores of its participating students. This information will enable the school administrator to monitor students' progress and performance.


How much time is given to complete the program?

The test preparation courses can be customized to fit the student's timeline. For the best possible results, students should take the full course, which takes 6 to 8 weeks. If the test date is a month away or sooner, students can choose a short- or medium-length course based on their timeline. The total time of the online course includes about 40 hours of lessons and practice tests.

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Can my student access the program from a home computer?

Yes; the courses are available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access. All work is password protected.


Why are you asking about my student's ethnicity?

The NJROTC is particularly interested in making these resources available to traditionally under-served students. By identifying your student's ethnicity, we will be able to generate reports to see how well we are meeting that goal. The student's name will not be accessible in these reports.


Who can use the test preparation program?

NJROTC cadets at participating schools can take advantage of the online test preparation courses.


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*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. The College Board and ACT, Inc. are not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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