While most people would tell you that the “right time” for students to take the SAT or ACT is spring of their junior year, the reality is that it depends on a few things. One of the most important factors in determining a student’s testing timeline is whether or not the student has completed Algebra 2.
If you’ve taken Algebra 2, you’re probably ready to start prepping! And if you haven’t taken it, you aren’t ready and you’ll likely be frustrated, because you’ll be presented with math questions you have absolutely no idea how to approach or solve.
So here’s how we advise our clients:
If you take Algebra 2 in 10th grade, great! During the summer between 10th and 11th, take a full-length practice SAT, and a full-length practice ACT. These will not be fun. And they should be real, retired exams (see below for explanation on this). After you’ve taken both practice tests, it’s time to determine which you like better, and on which you sc...more