My students typically prep in the FALL of their JUNIOR year.
Traditionally, students take the SAT-ACT in the spring as a junior. In my opinion, they may have waited too long. The problem is, if they don’t get their desired score, they need to re-take the test in the fall of their senior year. By then, they may have missed early admissions and scholarship advantages. More importantly, they are usually under intense pressure, which can undermine getting an improved score. As long as they’ve taken Geometry and Algebra II, they should be ready for the coursework as a rising junior.
My students decide if and when they want to take the ACT.
More and more students are opting to take the ACT. Colleges are accepting ACT scores as readily as SAT scores. I predict that the transition will be complete after the “new and improved” 2016 exam is administered. In fact, the very reason The College Board is revamping their test is largely because of the competition the ACT has posed. Students can select the ACT option in their junior year and start the early admissions process.
My students receive thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Many parents question whether it’s worth it to invest in test prep. As college prices increase, so does the opportunity for scholarships. The goal of good prep is for students to score well enough recoup any tuition spent on test prep.
My students are prepared before their first exam.
Starting August 2018, all enrolled students will have the option to participate in a Test Rehearsal. Rather than the lengthy application process and cost of an official test where the scores will not likely be submitted to colleges, my students prepare in house. They experience a full length exam with all the parameters of the official test—without the stress and expense of a test center.
My students are confident, efficient and logical.
Most students are very nervous for the SAT-ACT; it’s completely understandable. Interestingly, this can be used to their advantage. My students aren’t just taught from incorrect answers—they are taught to avoid mistakes. I teach logical ways to approach each topic that yield results. They become better writers, communicators, and test takers in general. Parents consistently report their child’s confidence improves along with their test scores.
In summary, fall of junior year is often the best time to take the SAT-ACT. Whether students take the SAT or ACT, prep is essential for them to get the best score possible. Individualized instruction with an experienced, dedicated professional will provide the guidance they need to succeed. When students complete their course work in the beginning of their junior year, they have the incredible advantage of being prepared—well before their peers—enabling them to better negotiate the college application process.