It’s a commonly-asked question—When is the best time for my child to take the SAT or ACT? For standardized test questions, I like to consult with Dr. Nancy Bell, the Owner and Director of Education and Testing Solutions, LLC, which is located here in Summerville.
Dr. Bell is a licensed and certified school psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Albright College and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in school psychology from the University of South Carolina. Prior to opening Education and testing Solutions, she served as the Director of Summerville Life Management Center for nine years and was an Associate Professor in the school psychology program at The Citadel for 10 years.
I thought a Q&A session with Dr. Bell regarding this important SAT/ACT question would be extremely helpful to my clients and readers:
Q: When is the best time for my child to take the SAT or ACT?
A: Both the SAT and ACT are administered multiple times per year (Sept through June). There are several things for parents and their students to consider: Plan on taking the test at least 2 times and begin preparing for the tests at least a year before the first deadline for college admission or scholarships. Also, consider which high school classes have been taken –test scores will be higher after the student has taken Geometry and Algebra II. Finally, think about how many other activities that are going on in a particular month and try to register for the test when there is the least amount of stress or distractions. This way your student can focus on test preparation. Keep in mind that the last chance to take them for January college admission deadlines is usually the November/December SAT and ACT test dates of his Senior year.
– Dr. Nancy Bell
Education and Testing Solutions, LLC in Summerville offers individual test prep tutoring as well as small group SAT/ACT classes. For more information, go to www.educationandtestingsolutions.com.