The project began as an attempt to help my son, Ethan, who was about to prepare for the SAT. Aware that he was a typical teenager (i.e., uninterested in any test, especially a 4-hour standardized exam) and would be facing a much more competitive admissions process and economy than when I was in high school, I decided to climb into the trenches with him and turn this reviled right of passage into a shared experience that we would endure together.

I ended up taking the test myself seven times and compiling a guide that is part everything I learned about teenage motivation, and part consumer reports guide to test prep.

If you would like to know more, you can download the prologue.