Serious about College? Take the SAT now. Here’s why…..Posted: April 30, 2014
The last SAT of the school year is June 7, 2014. Students who are serious about college should take the SAT before their senior year. Why?
1. Getting a good score now makes senior year less stressful. Students can focus more on other college admissions activities (i.e. looking for scholarships) and spend their time keeping their grades up and participating in the fun aspects and privileges of being a SENIOR.
2. Students will have more time to prepare. Students who take the test now and then choose to retest in October have FOUR MONTHS in between tests to prepare more fully. Seniors who wait until October and then plan to retest in November or December have only ONE MONTH between tests to prepare and also have let the SAT consume almost half of their last year of high school. By that time, clubs, sports, and other activities are in full swing; many students also work. Preparing for and taking the test early avoids the hassle of trying to cram yet another important obligation into an already-crowded schedule.
3. Getting a good score early maximizes a student’s chance for scholarships. Having all the necessary components of scholarship application ready early means that students can apply early when the money is most available.
4. Time is money. The longer a student waits to take the SAT, the more money and time it could cost later. Many students who end up retesting numerous times during their senior year to achieve higher scores often spend much more money to do so than they would have if they had begun the process much earlier. There are many seniors right now still taking the SAT in hopes of performing better; a year ago, they never would have believed that they’d be in such a desperate situation now. Waiting later also adds to the stress level, which hinders a students focus on the test.
5. Rising JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES, the SAT will be completely redesigned in 2016. Avoid the unknown.