Wake up call for all those who are about to step into junior year and have plans to write the SAT. You have just transitioned from one grade to another and the heat of the school curriculum is a while away. Besides with the summer looming over this part of the world one needs to find reason to be indoors and to finally finish the summer vacations with something worth a mention. Studying for the SAT probably does not have the kind of mass appeal that a hiking trip or a vacation might have but it does end in worthwhile skill augmentation.
Starting SAT preparation during the summer and taking the test that October is an almost ideal plan that works well with students of varying academic levels and curriculum commitments. Besides, this ‘early bird’ approach kind of ensures more focused and less hassled study schedules that yield good results. Beginning April and going on till end September penultimate to the October SAT on the first weekend of October allows for an uninterrupted 6 month preparation time, a luxury hard to afford at any other point of a student’s academic calendar. If there is a disadvantage it is only one- the October test often coincides with the first round of fall semester tests at school. But this should not really matter since April to July take care of the gruel of SAT preparation and thereafter the student can judiciously balance school work load with SAT mock tests and actually manage both.
One last reason for preparing for the SAT well ahead of time is that students who take the test in the October of their junior year afford themselves elbow room to take another attempt at the SAT in a bid to improve their scores. Once you miss the October test it is an almost impossible task to manage a SAT test and the hectic school schedules between November and January. So, almost always students need to wait till March of the junior year – an academic year plagued with schedules – to get a SAT done.
That is cutting it fine!!! Any hitches in the plan will have serious repercussions; no scope for another attempt, rushed preparation, poor scores, and a complicated and futile attempt at the applications in the senior year.