For students entering their junior year of high school, the pressure is on. Junior year is a big year of college admissions testing, intense coursework, and research on potential colleges. So while juniors should be focusing on getting a job and doing community service during the summer, they should also be making a plan for ACT/SAT prep and how that will fit in with their overall plan for the coming year.
Does It Matter Which Test?
Many students and their parents are curious about whether the SAT or ACT is the right test to take. Here’s the EA take:
Use the Summer to Prepare
The school year gets crazy very quickly, so we recommend doing ACT or SAT prep during the summer when possible. For students taking the ACT in September or October, the July ACT prep course is a great option. We also have small group or private tutoring for SAT and ACT prep.
If a student has a specific academic weakness, we might also recommend summer tutoring in that subject in order to prepare both for the upcoming school year and for college admissions tests.
When Should Juniors Take the ACT/SAT?
Some students and parents are in a rush to get testing out of the way, while others want to postpone because they think it will give them more time to prepare. But we can offer advice on timing that is a little more specific: it depends on what math class the student will be taking junior year. If enrolling in Pre-Calc or above, take the test in September or October (and think about registering for a prep class this summer—see above). If going into Algebra 2 or below, take the test in February.
If February is absolutely not an option, the test is also offered in April, but we really recommend going with an earlier date in case a retake is needed.
Have more questions about how high school juniors should be spending their summer vacations or about when to prepare or register for the ACT or SAT? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-216-2222.
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