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The old paradigm dictated that juniors should try the SAT or ACT at the end of junior year, then prep and test again in senior year if needed. However, experience has revealed the many flaws in that approach. Modern high schoolers, particularly the most competitive and engaged students, find more value in taking the tests as early in junior year as makes sense based on their goals and extracurricular schedule. May, you may have noticed, is not early in junior year. Due to the abundant priorities and commitments May dumps on the collective 11th grade doorstep–everything from AP exams and SAT Subject Tests to prom and spring activities–this month is less than optimal for students looking for their best SAT scores. Then again, May does offer two big benefits: 1. Students who took Algebra 2 in 11th grade have learned more or all of what the SAT tests. 2. May…

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If you’re planning on taking the SAT or ACT in 2019, you’re in luck; tests are offered almost every month of the year. Picking the right date—and prepping for it–demands advance planning. But failure to plan typically leads to lots of stress and minimal success. So which test dates should you target? February 9, 2019 – ACT — This is generally a good test to target, especially now that the February ACT is offered in New York. March 9, 2019 – SAT — March can be an excellent time for juniors to take the SAT. April 13, 2019 – ACT — April can be an excellent test for juniors to target and one of the most popular of the year. May 4, 2019 – SAT — AP students have other priorities in May, so this may be a better date for SAT Subject Tests. June 1, 2019 – SAT June…

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As a native New Yorker, I’ve always considered the Empire State among the finest places to live in the United States or anywhere else. Sure, other parts of the world may boast higher mountains or tropical birds or sophisticated accents, but New York offers the complete rural-urban-suburban experience with access to incredible ecosystems, fascinating personalities, four full seasons, and safety from natural disasters more devastating than a blizzard. What we’ve been missing that other states could offer, however, has been that coveted February ACT administration. At least until now… ACT, the nonprofit developer of the ACT® test and other assessments taken by millions of individuals worldwide, will begin offering its February national ACT test date in the state of New York starting in 2019. The state’s high school students will now have six opportunities each year to take the ACT, rather than five. ACT’s February test date, which is offered…

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The Preliminary SAT, otherwise known as the PSAT/NMSQT for high school juniors or PSAT 10 for sophomores, raises all kinds of questions: Why take the PSAT? What does the PSAT have to do with scholarships? What do PSAT scores mean? What do PSAT scores REALLY mean? Another equally relevant question involves scheduling, as in, “When is the PSAT offered?” Unlike the all-season SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT is only administered in October. The College Board offers a primary test day, which is a weekday when most high schools administer the tests, along with Saturday and alternate dates. The 2018 PSAT/NMSQT dates are as follows: Primary test day: Wednesday, October 10 Saturday test day: October 13 Alternate test day: Wednesday, October 24 The PSAT 10, on the other hand, is not administered in October but instead somewhere from February to April. In addition, the PSAT/NMSQT is administered by most schools while the PSAT…

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The plate of modern college-bound high school student is often full to overflowing, with too many academic, extracurricular, and social commitments demanding time. When, exactly, can a student fit in preparation and testing? While high schoolers can, with proper planning, make any test administration work, peak performance really benefits from the chance to focus, which makes summer seem like the perfect time to test. Yet, neither of the two big admissions tests were offered during summer recess until 2017, when SAT introduced what turned out to be a wildly popular August SAT. Then, ACT has joined the party with a July test, increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven: “Students, educators and colleges have told us they would like to see an extra test date prior to early admission and application deadlines, and we have listened. This additional test date will allow students to focus…

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“Time is an illusion,” asserts writer Stefan Emunds, “timing is an art.” Anyone facing a hard deadline might dispute the former, but who could argue against the latter? Timing is an art that allows its masters to accomplish great tasks with maximum success and minimal stress. High stakes tests like the SAT and ACT exemplify exactly why timing makes such a big difference. Schedule your test at the wrong time–when you’re unprepared, over-scheduled, or distracted–and your performance will suffer. The right time, on the other hand, puts the proverbial wind at your back by improving your ability to bring your best to the task. So what is the right time for a high school student to take the SAT or ACT? Sophomore year is usually too early. Many students haven’t even started algebra 2, which is tested on the Math sections of the tests. Also, many teens benefit from a…

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