A big question confronting most juniors planning for college is which standardized tests to register for. Do your research now to determine which tests you should plan to take.
▪ If you took the PSAT, evaluate your results. Although a “practice” round, how did you fare? What were your strong points, as well as your weak areas?
The PSAT is the qualifying test for National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship consideration. Merit aid is granted that can help your family finance your college education. High school students enter the National Merit Programs by taking the PSAT.
▪ Take online ACT practice tests and SAT practice tests to understand which test is most comfortable for you. The ACT is generally considered less coachable because it tests for knowledge that teens will have already learned in their high school classes. In contrast, the SAT tests for problem-solving abilities and is more of an aptitude test. While you are considering the two tests, it is a good idea to sign up for both the ACT question of the day and SAT question of the day.
- Consult your guidance counselor, as well as your parents.
- You may want to look at school websites to understand particular testing requirements. Test optional schools offer a different route for those students interested.
Juniors, plan ahead by looking at the ACT and College Board test dates and registration deadlines for the school year. Think about your commitments, choose test dates that do not conflict with any of your own personal obligations and talk to your parents to clear the test dates you are considering with the family calendar as well. Sign-up for tests as soon as possible so you ensure your spot at the location of your choice.
Seniors, if you are considering retaking a test, register now. If applying early decision, check with the admissions office to determine the last possible test date that will be considered.
Keep a master calendar of the tests, test dates and locations that you have registered for. Make sure your family is aware of your testing schedule.