Hey everyone! I'm a junior, and I'm planning to take the SAT or ACT soon. When should I start studying, and how much time should I allocate to test prep? Also, is it better to take the test multiple times or focus on getting a high score on the first try? Thanks in advance for your advice!
Hey there! It's great that you're thinking ahead about your SAT/ACT preparation. Typically, it's a good idea to start studying for the test at least 3-6 months before your planned test date. This gives you enough time to familiarize yourself with the test format, learn strategies, and practice consistently. As for allocating time for test prep, it depends on your current knowledge and skill level. Many students spend around 10-20 hours per week on test preparation, but you can adjust this based on your needs and availability. Remember to also schedule regular breaks and stay organized to avoid burnout.
Regarding taking the test multiple times, it's not uncommon for students to take the SAT/ACT more than once. Some students find that they perform better on their second attempt after gaining experience and confidence from their first try. However, it's also essential to focus on getting the best possible score in your initial attempt. You can decide on retaking the test based on your first attempt's results and the score requirements of the colleges you're interested in. Just make sure not to rely solely on multiple attempts, as it's better to allocate enough time for studying and preparing well for the first test. Good luck!