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What is a good time frame to take the SAT or ACTs?


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Patrick’s Answer

Take the actual SAT / ACT in the fall of your Junior year, that way you have subsequent opportunities to retake the exam if needed in order to maximize your score. That being said, while you should take the SAT / ACT in the fall of your Junior year, you should start studying for this exam in 8th grade because it requires a specific type of quick thinking. Go to Amazon, buy SAT / ACT books, and start taking timed practice exams as early as 8th grade. Despite what you read about college admissions, the SAT / ACT is the most important part of your college application, even more than GPA and SAT / ACT is also the most important part of scholarship applications as well. Lastly, many companies ask for SAT / ACT scores while recruiting from colleges so student must be diligent in preparing for these exams LONG before they apply to colleges in their senior year.

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Patrick’s Answer

Take the actual SAT / ACT in the fall of your Junior year, that way you have subsequent opportunities to retake the exam if needed in order to maximize your score. That being said, while you should take the SAT / ACT in the fall of your Junior year, you should start studying for this exam in 8th grade because it requires a specific type of quick thinking. Go to Amazon, buy SAT / ACT books, and start taking timed practice exams as early as 8th grade. Despite what you read about college admissions, the SAT / ACT is the most important part of your college application, even more than GPA and SAT / ACT is also the most important part of scholarship applications as well. Lastly, many companies ask for SAT / ACT scores while recruiting from colleges so student must be diligent in preparing for these exams LONG before they apply to colleges in their senior year.

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Candice’s Answer

I recommend taking the tests in the fall or winter of Junior Year if you have completed math level of Algebra 2 by then. If you are able to prepare in the summer, then I highly recommend doing it in the fall. If you have not completed some algebra 2, then waiting for spring of junior year is best. I do not recommend waiting for the fall of senior year as applications will be due and you will need to spend time working on them as well as the required essays.

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Will’s Answer

I took them both in Spring of Junior year (to experience the test) and then Fall of Senior year after a summer of studying.

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Andrew’s Answer

I would definitely recommend starting to take them your junior year of high school and then in the beginning of your senior year if need be to get one final score before applying to colleges

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Brenda’s Answer

As soon as possible. The sooner you become familiar with its concepts, the better. Don't wait until your senior year. Normally, you get better each time you take it. That is not always the case. Once or twice a year should be enough.

Thank you for your advice! Zemira M.

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Melody’s Answer

You should take a practice set of these exams in your junior year with time and an eye for improvement in your senior year.

Okay, thank you! Zemira M.

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