One of the biggest questions parents have about test prep is what test their student should take and when to begin to prepare for it.
To optimize scores, students should prepare for and take either the ACT or SAT, not both. Every college in America now accepts both tests.
Most students take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year, and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year.
Here are a few important differences between the ACT and SAT:
ACT vs. SAT
|ACT Test Date||Ideal Time to Start Prep|
|February 6, 2021||October/November 2020|
|April 17, 2021||December/January 2020/21|
|June 12, 2021||February/March 2021|
|July 17, 2021||March/April 2021|
|SAT Test Date||Ideal Time to Start Prep|
|March 13, 2021||November/December 2020|
|May 8, 2021||January/February 2021|
|June 5, 2021||February/March 2021|