How to be ready to apply to college BEFORE senior year begins!
Rising seniors who are serious about college should take the the test(s) NOW. 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 before their senior year have 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. Freshmen and sophomores can get a handle on the test early and develop a long-term study plan to score higher.
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.