Sophomore year is when you can start practicing for the SAT or ACT. I recommend taking experimental practice tests and planning out your studying and testing schedules. The sophomore year is a great year to figure out your baseline SAT or ACT score. I can help you plan how to prepare for standardized testing and help create the best chance of success when you take the test junior year.
Junior Year: The Time is NOW!
Junior year is when test taking gets real. It’s important to manage your prep and testing schedule wisely, especially if you are involved in extracurricular activities that begin in the Spring! I recommend signing up for the February ACT or March SAT and sign up for a prep class. My March SAT Prep classes will begin at the end of January and beginning of February. Give yourself enough planning time to map out which test dates work best for your schedule!
Looking ahead to Senior Year
After you’ve taken your first test, evaluated your studying habits, and know how much you want to improve before you send in college apps, you’re ready to create a study plan based on this information. Many will take the SAT or ACT multiple times during their junior spring. Though you still have more chances to take the tests during senior fall, you should try as hard as you can to improve each time. Be careful not to depend too much on senior year testing opportunities. Ideally, you will have already reached your goals before then so you can avoid stressing out over simultaneous deadlines for college applications and standardized testing. If you are applying for Early Action or Early Decision, you should do your best to get all your tests out of the way before senior year rolls around.