Is the August SAT for you?
You've just finished school! But time moves fast, and you need to take that exam.
Let's look at the pro's and con's of taking it at the end of the Summer.
The majority of high schools start in August. To that end, you'll have started the school year when you take the test. The good news is that the first few weeks of school are usually review. Plus, you'll be winding down your SAT study.
So, how do you do it?
It's mid-May. Registration deadline, for the August exam is July 24th. Don't wait! Register, set it as a goal.
Next, your score increase goal will determine your study plan.
How do you determine that?
1) Take a practice test. Under exam conditions, i.e. timed, no help. You need to have a baseline.
2) How do you go from your baseline score to your goal score?
Generally speaking, scoring between 1220-1450 will make you competitive for most Universities. So, take your baseline score and this will give you an idea of how much time you need to put in studying, to get to that range.
Less than 1200-Do not despair if you get this score. That's why you're reading this, right? You're looking to make a big jump. Remember. It. Can. Be. Done!!
Here you are generally looking at between 50-60 hours of studying.
1200-1400-In this case, you're looking, depending on your goal score, 35-45 hours of studying.
1450 and up-Depending on where you want to go to school, you may already be set. Maybe a little brush up, the two weeks prior to the test. 10 hours should be sufficient.
3) The exam is on August 25th. What is your today? Evenly split the time you need over the weeks you have left.
4) STICK TO YOUR PLAN. Remember, this is NOT a sprint, it's a marathon. You need to build up your knowledge just like you'd build up your stamina! This is where many people falter. Staying disciplined can be a challenge. And during the summer, when there are so many fun distractions, it can be even harder to stay on track. Often, having a tutor, to help you, can make a huge difference.
Reach out, to me, if you need some assistance in that area.
Taking the SAT at the end of the Summer can seem like a daunting task. However, if you plan everything out, chip away at your plan, it will, actually, help reduce your stress. And you'll still have time to enjoy your Summer!