WHEN SHOULD I START STUDYING FOR MY SATs?

WHEN SHOULD I START STUDYING FOR MY SATs?
Have you picked out your favorite major and dream college yet? Or are you almost done with the schooling and still figuring out what to do next? The connecting step for most of the students after school and before college is SAT exam. Figuring out your interests and then relating it to the majors, and then researching the best colleges for that major can be exhausting.

After making a list of colleges with your desired major, you’ll have an idea on how much you need to score in the SATs. For most of the students, only little time will be left after all this groundwork. It is important to not make any mistakes during the process. After all this while, since there is no time left, few students take a year’s gap for the preparation of SATs. While it might work out at times, taking a break isn’t always the right answer. This article will help you in planning and organizing your thoughts for SATs and will tell you when is the right time.

Is PSAT really important?

Well, if that is a question you really want to ask, then yes is the obvious answer. Taking PSAT in your sophomore year will not only help you prep for SATs but it will also help you understand where you stand and on what concepts you can work on. If your score in PSAT is around 1000, the same can be expected in SATs too. This will also help you re-plan your study schedule and the topics you should focus more on while studying for the SATs.

Also, you should remember that the scores from PSATs are the only considered scores for National Merit Scholarship competition. The confidence boost if you score well in your PSATs in an added advantage.

When is the right time?

Lets work back from the time you would want to take the exam to the time when you start studying for SATs. You should give your first attempt in the fall of your junior year. If you do well, you will have ample time to deal with college applications. In case you don’t, you will have enough time to schedule the study plan, prepare over the summer and retake the SATs.

You should probably start your research on the colleges and the major you are interested in, towards the end of sophomore year. If you want to attempt your SATs in junior year, you should probably start studying around junior fall given the syllabus in SAT. (If you are looking for attending classes, check this out.) If this is the schedule you’re considering for your SATs, you will have an option to choose between an intense study plan for a stretch or a chilled out plan altogether. This will give you a lot of time to study, change plans if necessary and also take a lot of practice tests. Taking simulated tests is a must before you take any kind of exam. You can self analyze where you’re doing well and where you can improve.

Take a free SAT simulated test here.

Look up the scores for your target colleges and plan the study schedule according to it. If you’ve already given your SAT and want to retake for a better score, please check out our study planner and the simulated tests we have for our students here.

In short
  • Prepare and give your PSATs in your sophomore year

  • Research on majors and colleges towards the end of sophomore year

  • Start studying for SATs in your junior year

  • Attempt your first SATs in your junior year

  • Stay busy with college applications in your senior year

Whatever you plan or how many practice tests you give, it is obvious to feel stressed out during the process. Having an organized plan with a back up and clarity in your thoughts can make it less stressful.

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