Test Prep for Success just teamed up with Link for Counselors to help your high school students “Plan ahead for the SAT and ACT.” This is a one-page downloadable sheet full of useful information for 9th through 12th graders and their parents. It is in the perfect format to use as a school handout on Back to School Night or as an attachment in your monthly e-newsletter. If you would like more details on anything in this handout, email .
Tips from the School Handout:
- Complete Algebra II
- Read every day to increase your vocabulary.
- Get involved in a club or activity you are passionate about.
- Sign up for the PSAT 8/9 if your school offers it.
- Take a challenging math class that includes trigonometry.
- Take a practice SAT and ACT or try a Combo Test to see which test is better for you.
- Start working on a list of colleges that interest you. Check the testing requirements and average test scores of each college on your list.
- Sign up for a summer test prep course. For a 200 point increase on the SAT or 6 point increase on the ACT, plan on 20-25 hours of class time and at least 4 practice tests.
- Take the Pre-ACT if your school offers it.
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.
- Go to collegeboard.org to register for the SAT or to act.org to register for the ACT. The registration deadline is usually 4 weeks before the test date.
- If you will be requesting accommodations such as extended time, make sure to register 6-8 weeks in advance of the test.
- Take your first official test in the fall, such as the September ACT or the November SAT.
- Consider one-on-one tutoring to address your weak areas.
- Take your second official test in the spring, such as the March SAT or April ACT.
- Keep May open for AP exams.
- Finalize your list of colleges.
- It’s not too late to take a test prep class if you still need one.
- If necessary, take one more official test in the fall to maximize your superscore.