Many students have heard from their older friends that junior year is the toughest of high school. While that’s true for some and less for others, there are lots of ways to mitigate that pressure and navigate all of the things a student needs to balance. Starting test prep in advance can be one of them! Here are three reasons why now is a great time for sophomores to start thinking about test prep:
1. You have the time.
The summer before or fall of junior year is a great time to start preparing for the ACT or SAT. By getting started with diagnostic tests in the spring of sophomore year, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running with test prep in the coming months. Starting early means making some progress before junior year gets really busy.
2. The concepts are fresh.
The content covered on the ACT and SAT is linked to what students learn in school, including during sophomore year. Now is a great time to look ahead to take a test while the information is top-of-mind!
3. Preparation is key.
Test optional is a possibility for many colleges, but students can put their best foot forward by seeing how they can do on the SAT or ACT. We recommend that students prepare for the examinations in order to ensure that they have the widest number of possible options when it comes time to apply to college.
What about the digital SAT?
For the Class of 2025, the SAT will change mid-junior year. Students can take paper exams through December 2023, and then the SAT will be digital-only beginning in March 2024. Some students may want to complete test prep in December with the paper exam; others may want to try their luck with the digital test next spring. Either way, a diagnostic exam will help students determine their best path. Learn more at our Digital SAT Hub.
When you’re ready, we are here to help you begin the test prep process with a complimentary consultation and diagnostic tests to decide on the best test for your student. Now is a great time to get ahead! Contact us for more information.