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The Perfect Score Project
One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT
Written by Debbie Stier

The Perfect Score Project
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Category: Family & Relationships - Parenting; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Education - Higher
Imprint: Harmony
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: September 2014
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95668-2 (0-307-95668-7)
Pages: 304
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.


Every year, three million high school juniors and seniors take the SAT, the country’s most commonly used college admissions exam. The Perfect Score Project is the story of a single mother’s quest to help her teenage son prepare for the SAT. Aware that her son was unprepared and lacked motivation for the test, Debbie Stier went on her own journey as an adult to sample the many test-prep options as she could to create the perfect SAT test-prep process.

With a wealth of advice and tips to help students boost their SAT scores, the book is recommended for students, parents, guidance counselors, and educators.  Topics include:

* At which grade should one start to take the SAT?
* Which method is recommended: a tutor, an SAT class, or self study?
* How does one find the right tutor?
* Does test location really matter?
* How do SAT scores affect merit aid?
* What’s the one thing about the test that students need to know?

“What she shows us in The Perfect Score is the possibility of strengthening our relationships with our children and empathizing with them in a time when anxiety often pulls us apart. I can so easily imagine giving this book to my sons when it’s their turn to take the SAT as a way to ground us through the process.”
—Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Masterminds & Wingmen and Queen Bees & Wannabees

I loved this book. Debbie Stier’s story of her year-long project answers every question about the SAT – and somehow turns this information into a lively and engaging adventure. . . Parents especially will find this account packed with invaluable insights, from a funny, endearing friend who gives the inside scoop on how to deal with the nightmare.”
—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home

“Stier’s tips, lessons, and no-nonsense insights are insatiably useful. Her story is genuinely moving–not just a woman’s obsession with a test, but a mother’s love for her son. A perfect 800 in my book!”
—William C. Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company and author of Practically Radical

The Perfect Score Project is a break-the-mold book. Whereas the college application process, and in particular SAT preparation, fills parents and students with anxiety and a sense of being overwhelmed, Debbie’s experiences and hard-won insights offer much needed clarity.
—Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute and author of Mind in the Making 

“Debbie Stier is truly an expert on the SAT. With humor, common sense, and a down-to-earth demeanor, Debbie spoke to a mix of parents and students. One father and son were so inspired by how Debbie and her son studied for the SAT together, that they are going to do her Perfect Score Project together. Debbie’s lively lecture about SAT prep was an eye opener, and the wise, practical solutions she imparted were priceless.”
—Katie Casperson, Chair, Health & Wellness Committee, Bronxville School

“Debbie Stier’s SAT prep presentation was honest, thorough and engaging! She offered vital information, created a lively discussion, and did it with wit, humor, and from the heart! Debbie connected with the parents and sent them away with tools to help guide their children – and help reduce some of their stress for the daunting journey of the SAT!”
—Lydia von Barta, Assistant Director, REACH Community & Youth Agency of Commack & Half Hollow Hills, NY