2. Once you have a baseline for both SAT and ACT scores, decide which test is the better fit. We can work together to decide which test is a better fit for your student.
3. Decide what testing calendar best suits your student. Here are some general suggestions:
- Students who are taking Algebra II as juniors: Plan to take either the March SAT or April ACT. Test prep can begin after the Christmas holiday. Student can then retake in either late spring or early fall or both.
- Students who will have completed Algebra II by the end of sophomore year: Think about extracurricular schedule and academic load in the junior year. Most students will benefit from starting test prep in the summer and taking their first test in the fall to get the majority of the skill building finished over the summer. However, if students have extremely heavy extracurricular schedules in the fall (Football, Marching Band, Cheerleading, Color Guard, etc.), they make choose to push their first test to the spring and follow the above schedule. Students who choose to test in the fall have the opportunity to retest anytime in the spring and still have time to retest again early in their senior year if desired.
- Students who scored particularly well on the PSAT in 10th grade: Plan to prep for the PSAT over the summer. The PSAT in junior year serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Even if the ACT looks like the better fit from a college admissions testing perspective, students who scored particularly well on the PSAT in 10th grade should consider making a real effort to maximize their score on their junior year PSAT. They can then take either the October or November SAT to lock in their qualifying score should they become National Merit Semifinalists.