Attention, Summer 2017 SAT Prep Students!
MEK’s summer session is coming to an end. Some of you may be wondering about your next steps. When do you take the official SAT? How much prep should you do in the fall? Below is some general advice on how to maximize your test training and official test timeline during the 2017-2018 schoolyear.
How many times should I take the SAT?
We highly recommend that all students take the official SAT and/or ACT at least twice so they have room to improve. Doing so gives you a selection of test scores to choose from when submitting your college applications.
Students who are further from their goal score and who need additional prep may elect to take the test more than twice, but it is important to be wary of burnout. If you prep too much, you will become exhausted and may earn scores below your initial goal.
When should I take the SAT?
While there is no magic formula for when students should take the SAT or ACT, your second test should come soon after your first one so you maintain your strong foundations. The length of time between both tests depends on your current progress and your goal score. Typically, 4-8 weeks between exams is sufficient.
If you have a busy fall schedule that prevents you from electing a short time period between official tests, you should plan for 10-15 additional test training sessions to keep exam content, skills, and strategies fresh in your mind.
How much test training should I do during Fall 2017?
If you were enrolled in SAT B class this summer, you should continue on to SAT A throughout the fall even if you take the official August SAT. Students who are further from their goal scores, regardless of their class placement, may need a bit more time between tests to bring their skills up to par.
Again, aim for 10-15 additional test training sessions for your final prep between exams.
How much is too much?
We advise all Summer 2017 College Exam Prep students to finish their test training and take both official tests no later than December 2017. Those who continue prep and prolong their second test may suffer from exhaustion. Students who are drained or overworked will perform poorly in comparison to students who are well prepared and well rested.
- College Board Official 2017-2018 Exam Schedule
- SAT/ACT Frequently Asked Questions with Mrs. Ahn
- Academic Counseling Services