10th and 11th graders: Your SAT or ACT scores will likely play a significant role in your competitiveness when applying to colleges, with 88% of colleges placing considerable or moderate importance on students’ standardized test scores for admissions purposes.1 Given the importance of your SAT/ACT scores, how should you develop your testing calendar and plans? In this article, we’ll review three questions to help you decide when you should prepare for and take the official SAT or ACT—including what sophomores should do over the summer to determine whether they may be competitive for National Merit recognition on their junior year PSAT.
Here's everything covered in this post:
- How Should I Approach the SAT/ACT Testing Process? 3 Steps to SAT/ACT Success
- When Should I Take My Practice SAT and ACT?
- When Should I Take My Official SAT or ACT? 3 Questions to Help You Decide
- Next Steps: Checklist for Rising Juniors
- Next Steps: Checklist for Rising Seniors
First, let’s start with a high-level overview of SAT/ACT testing strategy.