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PLANNING THE MOST EFFECTIVE TEST PREP PATH

The steps to working smarter, not harder.

 

TAKE A DIAGNOSTIC EXAM

Colleges only require one of the SAT or ACT, thus the first goal is to assess, by taking a diagnostic, which path suits you best.  ​

  • SACT Diagnostic  - A hybrid of both exams, print and take this test to assess your ability on both the SAT and ACT.

  • SAT Diagnostic - Print and take this exam if you are only seeking assessment of your ability on the SAT.

  • ACT Diagnostic - Print and take this exam if you are only seeking assessment of your ability on the ACT.

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PLAN YOUR TEST DATES CAREFULLY

  • 2022-2023 SAT ACT Test dates and deadlines <<< Click this link for a look at all the possibilities first.

  • A strong stint of preparation lasts one to two months leading up to the exam date.

  • Consider life's competing commitments such as varsity sports, AP exams, and regents exams.  It's best to prep for an SAT or ACT during a time of year when there is least else on the plate.  

CONSIDER THE RIGHT NUMBER OF TEST DAY ATTEMPTS

Taking 2 to 3 attempts at either the SAT or the ACT is recommended for a few reasons:​

  • Many students need to work out 'the bugs' with their first exam attempt before perfecting their process on a second attempt.

  • In general, the more times you swing the bat, the greater the chance you hit the home run you are looking for.

  • Many colleges super-score: they'll mix and match individual section scores from different test dates if it yields a composite score higher than the score from a single sitting.

OPTIMIZE YOUR STUDY ATTACK

A truly effective study plan factors in the following points of advice:

  • Stick to one exam - Alternating between SAT and ACT prep dilutes your efforts and expends more energy than may be necessary.

  • Be consistent - Build momentum by working every week in the 1 to 2 months prior to test day rather than scatter prep here and there. 

  • Review - Taking a test does not advance score as much as remedying the mistakes made.  Always review and redo missed problems. 

  • Work in small chunks - An SAT reading passage takes 13 minutes.  Doing one per day makes practice (and the review) very doable.

  • Work in large chunks - To build endurance and perfect your overall process, take full timed exams especially as test day nears.