SAT/ACT, Test Anxiety, Test Prep

Rethinking When To Take The SAT/ACT


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Dealing with the SAT/ACT is similar to the check engine light on our car. Until it alerts us, we’re not proactive about handling it.

Ask most and Spring for Juniors and Fall for Seniors are the most popular times to take the tests, but they aren’t necessarily the best times for a maximum score.

For example, summer time or winter break are when students least prefer to take the SAT/ACT, but contextually it’s when they have the least amount of schoolwork.

Preparing for the SAT/ACT is like reviewing for Finals. Cramming doesn’t work and the more focused time without distractions from other classes gives you the best chance to get higher scores.

As a parent, convincing your teen to prep for the SAT/ACT will be like pulling teeth so you might as well suggest the optimal time to increase their chances of succeeding in fewer tries.

Since both tests are offered on average every other month, there’s not really a “best time” to take them. A one size fits all approach shouldn’t be considered. Help your child step back and take a big picture look at their academic schedule in high school. From there carve out a few months where they’ll have the least amount of other activities so they can put in the time to get their desired results.

You shouldn’t be pressured into taking the test because your friends are taking it at a certain time. There’s an “ignorance” factor with SAT/ACT prep where we default to the popular times because we’re too lazy to do our own research.

One way we an alleviate some of that stress you may be feeling is by filling out this Student Profile Form and we’ll set up a complimentary 30 minute video meet and greet to discuss test taking strategy. Once you have a game plan you can execute on it.

Without one it’s like throwing darts with a blindfold on.

Let us help you “see” the best option for your teen.

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