This is a question that I get asked quite often – especially this time of year! As a test prep expert, I recommend starting prep the summer between Sophomore and Junior year of high school, with the goal of taking the ACT or SAT in the fall of Junior year. Let me explain:
Taking the ACT or SAT at the beginning of Junior year can help your student figure out where they stand and what the testing schedule should be for the year.
The ACT is offered: September, October, December, February, April, and June (ACT is adding another test date in July starting 2018)
The SAT is offered: August, October, November, December, March, May, June
Some students might hit their goal on their first test in the fall! Wouldn’t that reduce some stress Junior year? Or a student might hit their goal in the fall and then decide that their goal was too low! If your student doesn’t hit their goal out of the gate, at least he or she will know what needs to be done over the course of the year to get there!
Not at all! I would say the majority of students start preparing during the spring of their Junior year. There is nothing wrong with this at all! The reason I recommend starting earlier is so that your student will have more time to achieve their goal score. If your student starts prepping in Spring of Junior year, there is a chance that they will taking the tests in the fall of their Senior year.
Tina Wiles has a unique background. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, but she is also a certified high school math teacher! She has been working in the testing industry for over 11 years and has found her passion. To gain more knowledge about the test and to understand what her students are going through, Tina takes the ACT herself 2-3 times a year (and yes, she scores a 36!). Contact Tina today to for a free consultation to get ALL your ACT vs SAT questions answered.