When Is a Good Time to Study for the SAT?

Many rising Juniors are feeling the pressure of the SAT and the test prep companies are capitalizing on this fear and saying, sign up with us! Start studying now!

But wait- the SAT won’t be offered again until October 2011. That’s a good three months away. If you’re not yet a junior, it’s perhaps too soon to begin studying for the SAT with a test prep company.

Most college counselors agree that it’s best if Juniors wait until the spring to take the SAT for the first time. Typically, most juniors take the SAT for the first time in March and then a second time in the fall of their senior year.

So unless you’re about to enter your senior year (and then yes, you probably should be studying for that test again), please stop. Wait.  Why?  Because there are actually better things to do for your college application than begin studying for the SAT.  There will be plenty of time for that in the coming months.

In the next two blogs, we’ll be looking at better ways to study for the SAT.

Juliet Giglio

Educational Consultant in Los Angeles

Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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