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Test Prep Sanity: How To Help Your Child Excel On Standardized Tests Without Driving Each Other Crazy

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Elie Venezky has been preparing families for standardized tests for 14 years. He founded Prestige Prep in 2001 and is currently its Educational Director. He finds standardized tests fascinating and will talk about them with just about anyone. When he’s not tutoring, Elie is an aerialist. He has performed trapeze, lyra and aerial dance in Europe and across the United States. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Bush Street Press (November 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937445380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937445386
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,549,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over the past two years I've watched Elie Venezky write, edit, re-write, add to, and revise Test Prep Sanity. From about the sixth month I thought it was "done." But Elie wanted to go further. He wanted to make sure he covered everything he could about all that he'd learned in the past dozen years tutoring high-school kids, guiding their parents, and watching kids get into the schools they wanted. He wanted to add more on test prep anxiety, and how to overcome it. He wanted to add material on how a parent's attitude and approach directly impact a child's success - and the surprisingly easy ways parents can negatively impact success. By this point I really thought it was ready to go. But Elie wanted to bring in everything he's learned about standardized tests, especially approaches to taking the test itself on test day, to maximize your chances for a high score.

During the entire time he kept tutoring high-school students, many of them from New York City's most demanding families, with high expectations. And he kept adding to the manuscript, adding details about his approach, knowing that reading a book was not quite as good as personal tutoring and mentoring, but also knowing that the more he added the closer he got. He read books on brain science, on learning, on evolutionary biology, on hypnosis, on language, on neurological development and disorders. He attended seminars on writing, and presenting, and teaching. He added all this to the book. He kept investing in the material in the book, investing in his student's success.

Yes, this is a biased review because Elie is a friend. And if you are a high-school student, or the parent of a high-school student, and you want to ace your SATs, then this book will help you.
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Regardless of your feelings about standardized testing, it most likely will be a conspicuous feature of the academic landscape for the foreseeable future. Therefore, some acceptance is in order. To a large extent, this has already been accomplished by the students themselves - most of whom, at the very least, resign themselves to the inevitability of testing. On the contrary, in my ten years of experience as a private educator, it seems to me that the lion's share of work that remains to be done in the acceptance department resides with the parents.

This may be an artifact of the truism that times have changed since most parents have been in school. There was considerably less emphasis placed on standardized testing two decades ago and, consequently, many concerned and well-intentioned parents may find themselves at a loss as to how to best advantage their children in this domain. Unfortunately, mainly due to a lack of information, many parents respond to this situation by disproportionately emphasizing the importance of the test, placing (largely unwanted) pressure on their children, and unwittingly instigating the very difficulties they were seeking to avoid.

Mr. Venezky offers parents a way out of this paradox. In an industry fueled by fear and greed, his common sense pragmatism does much to dispel the aura of uncertainty that can hold students - and their parents - in thrall to anxiety. It is a breath of fresh air.
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Prior to reading an advance copy of this book, I had admittedly become cynical, in large part due to the amount of money my wife and I had poured into various therapy and counseling sessions, tutors, medications and even hypnosis. Three years ago, our son suffered near paralysis brought on from anxiety about inane standardized tests. He's a smart kid, but found himself unable to even complete the exam. We paid top dollar for additional tutors and prep programs, but nothing worked. Most recently, our daughter began to succumb to this same anxiety and my wife and I wondered if both of our kids were going to have to attend substandard colleges as a result.

Enter "Test Prep Sanity". No lie - this book has worked magic - for our daughter and, if you can believe it, us. "Test Prep Sanity" clearly identifies anxieties that date back to my own experience taking significant tests, but instead of suggesting banal calming or memorization techniques, this book offers a methodology for overcoming that debilitating tension. In essence, it's a book about demystifying the process and making everything less complicated.

I could not be more adamant or confident: if you are a parent with children approaching standardized testing age, you MUST READ THIS BOOK. It's a treasure and I only wish it had been around three years ago.
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By roscoe on November 26, 2012
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It is about time that we as parents are provided with a more detailed road map on how to handle the stress of test prep for our kids. This book provides clear insight and direction for us as parents in a world that we are no longer familiar with. This process really has changed over the years. I now feel more secure on how to assist my child instead of hindering them during this painful journey. THANK YOU
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This book easily met all of my expectations. As someone who works with youth and has been out of school for many years, this book was the perfect way to learn some realistic tips and approaches to standardized testing. The suggestions made sense, were easy to implement, and my students were incredibly encouraged by how quickly their practice scores were improving.

Highly recommend this book!
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