Starting too early is not ideal as it can lead to frustration and burn out.
Highest scores are usually earned spring of junior year through fall of senior year.
It is ideal to have testing completed by end of junior year. For early decision, early action, rolling admissions, many students like to complete testing by June of junior year. Most of these schools, however, accept scores through the October test taken senior year.
For some regular decision schools, the last test date is December of senior year.
The Ideal testing calendar would allow you to take the test of choice at least three times. While all three times may not be needed, it is best to plan three test dates incase they are needed.
Four Timing Options for Testing and Test Prep
How do my SAT and ACT scores compare to each other?
Super-scoring: more schools super-score the SAT than the ACT (This decision is controlled by the colleges and is subject to change at any time. Checking the school’s website is the only way to know the school’s current policy.)Super-scoring means combining the highest section score from different test dates.
SAT and ACT extra time is added to each individual section (if given 1 hour to take the English Language, the student must wait that full hour before moving on to math)
Cancelling of Scores
SAT – you have until 11:59 EDT Wednesday after you take the test to cancel your scores
What are the differences between the SAT and the ACT?
No longer an essay on the SAT
Do I need to take both the SAT and the ACT?
- No college requires both SAT and ACT scores. EDNavigators suggests taking a practice SAT and a practice ACT and based on the results and feel of the testing experience, selecting either SAT or ACT to prep for and take for real.
Is there a certain month when the SAT/ACT is easier?
- No, they are all scored on a scale that is determined before the test date.
There are so many components that go in to creating a student’s college list and recommending majors, and the college decision is such a big one for a student and family on many levels. Sandy does not feel comfortable making recommendations without gathering and assessing all of the background information that comes with the Best Fit Package.
How far apart should I space my prep sessions?
Allow time to complete 4 hours of homework between each session. For some students a week apart works, for others 2 weeks. Over breaks, sometimes students prefer to meet five days in a row. - The sessions just need start after the practice test(s) and finish before the real test date,
Should I submit my test score?
This depends upon many factors (college, major, high school transcript, high school profile, unique student circumstances), and it is a very important decision. For students who have completed Best Fit or Test Prep with EDNavigators, we can help you decide whether to sent scores and to which colleges. Scheduling links for this meeting are on your CCP dashboard.
Do colleges prefer the SAT or the ACT?
Both tests are accepted equally everywhere.
Which Colleges Require Test Scores
As of Oct 1, 2022, this is the list. Please confirm each college you are considering as these policies change.
Florida Institute of Technology
New College of Florida
Thomas Aquainas College
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of South Florida
University of Tennessee
US Airforce Academy
US Merchant Maritime Academy
Important Note: Many test optional colleges, still PREFER test scores. Just because a college is test optional, does not mean it is best to skip testing.
Penn State has not yet decided if tests will be required for 2024 high school graduates.