a month ago
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SAT prep plan, do class now, or wait when between second

Hi all! Hope everyone reading this doing well. I had a question regarding SAT prep. I'm currently a junior in high school and I'm a late bloomer in terms of starting the SAT. I found a seven week Princeton Review course that starts April 6 and ends May 29, and I would take the SAT in June. My dad said I should take the SAT first, get my score, and then take the prep course afterwards and use it to improve my second SAT score, which I'll take early senior year in the fall.

What do you all think?

EDIT: I realized I accidentally posted this to the admissions forum! I'm so sorry

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a month ago

Hey there.

I wouldn't describe your plan as bad, but your Dad's plan does have more benefits, in my opinion. You'll have more of an understanding of what the SAT questions are like, which could be just as important as knowing the content which the prep course will re-enforce. It's important that you check that your family's finances wouldn't get in the way of having to pay for both of the SATs (assuming neither are free) as well as the prep course (assuming that it is not free either).

You should also check the timeline for SAT score submissions for each college you plan to submit your scores to. This is to make sure that if you do choose to follow your Dad's plan, that doing so won't interfere with your application's review.

Good luck to you, either way!

a month ago

You can take an official practice test before the course. Go to your Collegeboard account and download Bluebook (preferably the device you would take the real test on). I recommend Practice Test 4 as the math is a little closer to what the math is now (super tricky!)

Of course, if you want the real experience, then you should sign up for and take a true test. This can help you feel more confident when you walk into the test center. I have done it 3 times and it took me 3 times to feel confident and comfortable.

Whether you choose a practice test or a real one, yes, taking a "diagnostic" test before studying is important. Then you can evaluate your weaknesses and specifically study those areas.

Hope this helps and lmk if you have any additional questions!

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