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3 Ways to Help Your Student With College ApplicationsGuest Contributor
Now that spring is officially here, high school students are scrambling to prepare for the SAT and ACT. This can be a stressful time for students — and for family members helping them with the college search and application process.
Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this busy season by posing as members of educational organizations, claiming to provide test preparation materials to high school students and their families.
High school parents have received unsolicited calls from scammers claiming to be from College Board, the company that administers the SAT, PSAT and AP tests, or from other educational institutions such as their student’s school.
According to victims, the callers appear credible because they possess personal information such as the name of the student, the student's high school and family phone numbers. Some callers have even manipulated their location and caller ID so it looks like they’re calling from an official College Board number.
The scam involves an offer of test prep materials in exchange for an address, credit card details and a deposit which callers claim will be refunded once the test materials are returned to them. Unfortunately, as soon as the callers have your credit card information, you will never receive the test materials or see the money again.
If your student is interested in standardized test prep materials, they can check with their high school counseling office to see if they have free or discounted materials available.
They can also take advantage of free online SAT test prep including practice tests on the College Board website, and free, personalized Official SAT Practice through Khan Academy. The ACT also offers a free full-length practice test and study guide online.
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