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College Board: more than half of college students aren't ready

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TYLER (KTYX) - The College Board says more than half of all college students are not prepared when they get to campus for their first classes.

The question is if students are ready to handle the workload when they step onto campus at a college or university.

Students at UT Tyler say they're going against the national trend, and they're ready for it.

"I felt pretty prepared," says Jack Porter, a freshman at UT Tyler.

He's on track early.

"Started out at a junior college so that helped me get the time management down and figure out what type of student I was," says Porter.

"Good course work and I was in a special program, the international baccalaureate program, so that's really preparing you for college," says Kirstin Oller, a junior.

Oller put in extra work to make sure she knew what it would be like.

But according to the College Board, only 43% of SAT test-takers in 2013 met the definition of being prepared for college.

"The emphasis of these standardized test, the emphasis is to pass these standardized tests has become the number one goal all schools across Texas and probably the United States," says Bill Martin with Sylvan in Tyler.

He says the breakdown happens in public schools.

He's seen an increase in parents enrolling students at his center in the last few years.

"I'm very surprised to hear that – that half of the students that are finishing out of high school are not ready to come to college," says Scott Marzilli, the UT Tyler Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation and Student Success.

Marzilli says he hasn't seen that same need, but they are prepared to help.

"We have a brand new tutoring center and we look at a lot of the high volume courses that typically students need help in," says Marzilli.

He says the biggest issue for many incoming freshman is time management.

Something the other students see too.

"A lot of the freshman get overwhelmed, they get involved in too much," says Porter.

Whether your student takes part in tutorials on campus, or other programs, or you enroll them in classes that will help them while they're still in high school, it's important to make sure they stay here through those four years and get a degree.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted that the College Board report affirms decisions that states have made to raise their standards.

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