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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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If you’re planning on taking the SAT or ACT in 2018, you’re in luck; tests are offered almost every month of the academic year and even during the summer. 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 are you targeting? February 10, 2018 – ACT — This is generally a good test to target, but there are no test centers in New York for the February ACT. March 10, 2018 – SAT — This is an excellent test for juniors to target. April 14, 2018 – ACT — This is an excellent test for juniors to target and one of the most popular of the year. May 5, 2018 – SAT — AP students have other priorities in May, so this may be a better date for SAT Subject Tests. June 2,…

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For high schoolers, the academic year roars in with early opportunities to take the SAT & ACT. With the addition of an awesome August SAT administration, October no longer serves as the first chance to take either test. However, the month of fall foliage and Halloween treats is still one of the best times to take the SAT and ACT. What’s so great about October, besides pumpkin spice lattes? So early in the school year, classes haven’t really ramped up, which affords busy students a bit of breathing room to prep for the big tests. Most extracurricular activities, with the notable exception of fall sports, are equally slow to start. Thus, students can actually focus on the tests in October. However, other reasons sweeten the deal for October for 11th and 12th graders alike. SENIORS, even those late to the college admissions party, enter October feeling the pressure to finalize…

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If you’re planning on taking the SAT or ACT this year, you’re in luck; tests are offered just about every month of the academic year and even during one lovely summer month. 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 are you targeting? Jan 21, 2017 – SAT — This was the last January SAT date, which will be replaced going forward with an August SAT administration. Feb 11, 2017 – ACT — This is generally a good test to target, but there are no test centers in New York for the February ACT. Mar 11, 2017 – SAT — This is an excellent test for juniors to target. Apr 8, 2017 – ACT — This is an excellent test for juniors to target and one of the most popular of the…

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