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SAT and ACT Timelines


Class of 2023 and 2024 College Bound Students It's not too soon to start preparing for the SAT's and ACT's. Taking the PSAT"s as a Sophomore is a great first step to getting introduced to standardized college test taking.

Q: Are SAT and ACT still important? Although there has been a recent increase in test optional schools, they are still considered important in 45% of the colleges. For anyone with a lower GPA, a strong test score puts them in a better light. Also, higher test scores can lead to students being award higher merit scholarships. Q: When should students start studying for the SAT and ACT exams? A. BestFit College Advisors recommends students start studying the summer entering their

junior year. Q: How far in advance should a student starting preparing? A: We recommend two to three months before sitting for their first SAT or ACT exam, which ideally will be in the fall of your junior year. Q: Is there an advantage to retaking the SAT or ACT test? A: Yes. The better the SAT or ACT score, the better chance of getting accepted into a college

of their choice and qualifying or more scholarship opportunities. Most likely, students will

want to retake the test in the spring of their junior year and/or summer into the senior year. After taking the SAT or ACT once, students will have a better sense of what they need to study as areas of weakness will be identified. Q: On average, how much do students improve on retaking the SAT and ACT tests? A. Most students see an improvement in their scores when retaking the tests. With more

preparation and confidence of knowing what to expect, students improve up to 90 points

on the SAT exam and 3-5 points on the ACT. In addition to preparing for SAT and ACT tests, students need to continue to focus on keeping their grades up, taking classes to demonstrate academic rigor, and devote time to extracurricular and community service opportunities.

Test anxiety affects 10 to 40 percent of students. Let BestFit College Advisors feel more relaxed and help monitor your child's progress and guide them through the recommended timelines. We can also determine which test will be in the students best interest to take and submit. Learn the difference between the contents of SAT's and ACT's

Test anxiety affects 10 to 40 percent of students.

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