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When do people take the SAT?

Hi all, I'm a junior trying to figure out my SAT schedule and I'm wondering: when do most high school students typically take their first SAT? I want to make sure I leave myself enough time for prep and potential retakes. Thanks!

6 months ago

Hey there! Most high school students typically take their first SAT in the spring of junior year – around March or May. This allows ample time for preparation and the opportunity to retake the test in the fall of senior year if needed. Taking the test in the spring also gives you the chance to focus on SAT Subject Tests or ACT in the fall if you plan on taking those as well.

When planning your SAT schedule, consider how much time you need for preparation. Many students start preparing 3 to 4 months before their chosen test date, but this can vary depending on your study habits and availability. You can always adjust your schedule accordingly to ensure that you're fully prepared.

It's also a good idea to check the registration deadlines for the test dates you're considering, as those tend to be about a month before the exam. Lastly, remember to factor in your other extracurricular commitments and academic workload so you don't stretch yourself too thin during this busy time. Good luck with your test preparation!

6 months ago

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