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Best time to take the SAT?

I'm a junior and I've heard that taking the SAT in August might be a good idea, so I can still have time to retake it if necessary. What do you guys think? Would it be worth it to take the August SAT or should I wait for a later date?

7 months ago

Taking the SAT in August can be a good option because it allows you sufficient time to retake the test if needed. Since it takes approximately 2-3 weeks for the scores to be released, you'd have time to analyze your performance and identify the areas where you need to improve. Additionally, there are test dates available in October, November, and December, which means you'll have multiple opportunities to improve your score before regular decision college application deadlines.

Sometimes, though, it may make sense to even shoot for an earlier SAT date, in the spring or early summer, so that you figure out your baseline earlier on and thus have more time to target your studying. If you think you may want to apply to some schools Early Action or Early Decision, it can also be a good idea to get started on your standardized testing journey sooner, to give yourself more time to get your desired score before the early application deadlines, which are usually in November.

Ultimately, the best time to take the SAT is determined by your individual preparedness, test availability, and application timeline. Be sure to map out your schedule, taking into consideration your academic workload, extracurricular commitments, and any other personal factors to help you make the most informed decision on when you'll be ready to take the SAT. Good luck with your testing journey!

7 months ago

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