Ep 134: Beat Standardized Tests with These Tips

Episode Summary

Ned Johnson, author of Conquering the SAT and The Self-Driven Child, joins the show a second time to share his top tips for beating any standardized test–and they are all things under a teen’s control!

This episode will be released to the public on 04-18-2021.

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Parenting Scripts

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1. Explain the connection between avoidance and anxiety: (1 of 2)

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2. Explain the connection between avoidance and anxiety: (2 of 2)

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3. Explain the connection between avoidance and anxiety: (3 of 3)

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4. Help your teen understand what happens with avoidance:

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5. Encourage your teen to cope with tough stuff now: 

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6. You don’t need a brand-name college to be successful:

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7. Point out the pros of taking a big standardized test: (1 of 2)

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8. Point out the pros of taking a big standardized test: (2 of 2)

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9. Prepare your teen for the reality of gaining knowledge:

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10. When you bring up something at the wrong time: (1 of 2)

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11. When you bring up something at the wrong time: (2 of 2)

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12. Help your teen practice visualization:

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Complete Interview Transcript

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About Ned Johnson

Ned is the co-author of Conquering the SAT and The Self-Driven Child. Considered by many to be the most sought-after instructor in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Mr. Johnson founded PrepMatters in 1996 and has served area students as well as clients from across the country and around the globe.  In addition to his time with clients, Mr. Johnson oversees instructor hiring and training, curriculum development, business management, and coffee purchases.

A sought-after speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, and anxiety management, his work has been featured on NPR, NewsHour, U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Originally from Connecticut (he can drive in snow), Mr. Johnson now resides with his wife and children in Washington, DC.

Want More Ned?

Find him on PrepMatters, LinkedIn, and Twitter.