7 months ago
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ACT and SAT when to take them

I am currently a freshman in high school and would like to know when is the right time to take the ACT and SAT. All of the colleges I would like to attend have a preference for both and I would like to get good scores. I've been studying for both and think I'm ready but would like to know if it's too early.

Is now too early to take the ACT and SAT?

I appreciate any help available and would like to thank you if you respond.


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7 months ago

Freshman year is definitely too early to take the ACT/SAT, as you may not have even covered certain math concepts in your courses yet. We recommend taking the SAT/ACT in the fall semester of your Junior year - this will give you plenty of time to retake, if needed.

Keep in mind that you don't need to take both, and you shouldn't take both! It's not a great use of your time - you could instead spend that time doing extracurriculars or studying for your classes. If you have a natural preference for one, maybe stick with that one. If your school offers one for free, maybe take that one. Or if you're planning to take the PSAT/NMSQT in hopes of becoming a National Merit Semifinalist, study for the SAT. Here's an article that may help you decide: https://blog.collegevine.com/act-vs-satsat-subject-tests/

Hope this helps, and let me know if you have more questions!

7 months ago

Hello! So typically the first step is to assess how many tests you are going to take. Between SAT subject tests, AP exams, and SAT/ACT those are a lot of tests for not a lot of time. I recommend this:

Freshman: I would recommend maybe starting SAT/ACT prep

Sophomore: Start taking AP exams and studying for SAT subject tests.

Junior: Take the SAT/ACT

Senior: Retake (if needed) and submit scores to colleges.

Freshman year is a time to explore, so don't put too much pressure right now!

Best of luck.


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