Standardized test companies offer many options for test dates throughout Junior and Senior year, but how do you know which months are best for you? High school juniors will quickly discover that this year is one of increasing intensity in academics, testing opportunities, and leadership responsibilities. For these reasons, it may benefit many students to register for the earliest ACT or SAT test during the junior year.
1. More Summer Study Time.
For Rising Juniors, summer can be an opportunity for a combination of study time, work experience, and time with friends and family. The relatively lower stress that students feel in the summer months should provide time and opportunity for in-depth study. Whether a student takes an online test-prep class or begins exposure to the ACT or SAT by working through a study text, summer leaves teens with time on their hands that can be devoted to studies. Testing after stress-free studying may create a more positive test attitude and be easier than trying to go to school, engage in school and social events AND prepare for a major test.
2. First Test Serves as a Baseline.
Testing early in the Junior year, will provide the student with a baseline. After you get your first set of test results, you will still have plenty of time to discuss course placement, and arrange for online, self-taught or live test prep opportunities depending on the areas of need. There is a chance that getting test results back can be discouraging. However, try to look at testing early as an opportunity for improvement.
3. Testing is the First Step.
Taking standardized tests can give students and parents an early indications of the type of school or academically competitive environment for Rising Juniors. Granted, these students are just embarking on the half-way point of the high school career, and much of the intense coursework lies ahead. Still, taking the ACT or SAT in the fall of the junior year is a great first step in the college search process, especially if students are academically-oriented and driven to do well.
Do you have questions about standardized testing and what is right for your son or daughter? Contact us at Philekoos College Admissions Counseling to set up a free consultation.