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When should I take the SAT or ACT?

Hey there! I'm a little overwhelmed right now with all the standardized testing stuff. When do you guys think is the best time to take the SAT or ACT during junior year? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

7 months ago

It's normal to feel overwhelmed by standardized testing, but proper planning can help alleviate some of that stress. Generally, it's a good idea to take the SAT or ACT for the first time during the winter or early spring of junior year. This allows you to get a baseline score and see how you perform on the test without the added pressure of college applications looming over you.

One strategy to consider is taking the test in late winter (around February or March) and then again in the spring or early summer (May or June) if you feel like you need to improve your score. This gives you enough time to review your first test results, identify areas for improvement, and implement a study plan before retaking the test. Additionally, taking the test during the school year ensures that you're in "academic mode" and consistently practicing critical thinking and problem-solving.

If you're involved in extracurricular activities or have other commitments, be sure to plan around those so you don't feel overwhelmed during the testing weeks. Keep in mind that some students might need more preparation time, while others might prefer to take the test early in their senior year. It depends on your comfort level, academic workload, and personal commitments.

Lastly, remember that many colleges have gone test-optional or test-blind in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so depending on the schools you're interested in, your SAT or ACT scores may not be as crucial as they used to be. However, having a solid score can still be beneficial for scholarships, college admissions, and post-graduate opportunities. Good luck!

7 months ago

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