when should you prepare for the sat/act

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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.

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When Should You Prepare For The SAT/ACT?


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Generally: 3 months in advance.

That’s average, but it’s better to be more prepared than less prepared right?

There’s tons of factors including: hours spent studying per week, self-study vs. online tutoring, time before test date, budget, etc. 

Factoring all that take this into consideration…

The SAT/ACT counts for 25% of your college admission plus scores are accepted on a “curve” for each university. That means the more competitive of a school you are applying for, the scores to be considered will be higher.

Ask any high scoring former student their secret to success: hard work.

If you’re a fast learner you can speed up the pace, but we wouldn’t recommend tutoring with us for less than a month’s period. Of course, ultimately it’s your call, but be warned your expectations need to match your work ethic.

Generic answers aren’t a “one size fits all” approach which is why our focus on matchmaking makes so much sense.

Online tutoring is customized learning so if you want the real answer, let’s hop on the phone and complete a student profile to find the right tutor for you!