GPA vs. SAT ACT

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.

College, SAT/ACT, Test Prep

The Optimal Time To Take The SAT/ACT


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Conventional wisdom says Spring of your Junior year, then Fall of your Senior year if you haven’t achieved the score you desire yet.

But the problem with that generic reply is it doesn’t take into consideration your overall schedule.

The more competitive academically a student is Spring may overlap with Finals and AP Exams.

If you’re a student athlete games and playoffs factor into your busyness.

You could go on and on with scheduling challenges, but for future college students it comes down to identifying the optimal time to focus on SAT/ACT prep.

Most high school students are procrastinators, so parents you may have to help them strategize on long-term planning.

We recommend starting to prepare 1 – 3 months before the test date so pick the time then work backwards.

Studying during winter or summer break isn’t favorable, but if it allows for the most prep to be done then this might be your smartest choice.

In the big picture you want to take your best shot so making a sacrifice once for an opportunity that only comes along once in a lifetime is worth it.

The best way for students to stay motivated is focus on what score it takes to be accepted to your dream school and provide accountability for doing the work.

We can help you with the latter either through group courses or individual tutoring.

Here’s the best place to start.