You Took the SAT and ACT, how many times?
SAT and ACT, six little letters that can cost families of college-bound students thousands of dollars in test preparation and test costs. How do you plan and prepare for standardized testing and which test is right for you. Here are some suggestions:
1. Start to get familiar with these tests early on, don't wait until your junior year.
Sign up for College Board's word of the Day, take a PSAT in Sophomore and Junior year, take a PLAN/mini ACT to get familiar with both tests.
2. Don't practice publically until you're ready-Some school districts apply all test results to transcripts! There are so many "free resources" for an early introduction to these tests. ACT offers a whole test online, "INeedAPencil.com" lets you practice SAT for free and Number2.com covers both the SAT and the ACT. Your guidance department has "free" booklets for both tests with the answers in the back so you can calculate your scores.
3. And about "How Many Times Should You Take The Test?" Hopefully, with enough advanced "silent" preparation--once will DO! But realistically, students will usually take the test more than once. Although most colleges across the country will "superscore" the SAT, fewer offer this option for ACT. Superscoring is when colleges will split your scores from other test dates to give you the "best" score. You need to check your college's website, however, for their policy on multiple testing to make sure they don't average after 3 tests or only take your top scores from one test.
4. Don't PIN your acceptance into college on SAT or ACT scores-remember, academics and the quality of the courses you're taking is always number 1 on the priority list for getting into college. Put you're energy where it counts most and don't hang your acceptance into college on a SAT or ACT test score!