If you were able to take the March 14 SAT test, count yourself lucky. The possibility of taking an in-person test in the next 6 weeks seems out of the question given the progression of safety measures enacted across the country. And if the situation does not improve, the future of the in-person college admissions testing regime is definitely in question.
This delay will build up demand for testing slots until testing can be administered safely and all students can access the tests successfully and fairly. We expect a big wave of students later in the year as current Juniors push to get second and third tests in before their applications are due in the late Fall/early winter.
So what do we know today about the future test availability and how should you plan your testing in the face of this uncertainty?
Juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT test in October will get their scores back next week. Consider this the starting gun for your test preparation and planning efforts over the next 12 months. Not sure what else the test and its many scores mean?
By this time next year, you will be putting the finishing touches on a year of hard work, exploration, and self-discovery unlike anything you may do again in your lifetime. Daunting, yes, but remember: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You have been preparing for this coming year for more than a decade, and if you stay on track and follow some simple guidelines along the way, you will conquer the college admissions process in one piece and position yourself for future academic success at any number of schools.
At the highest level, your plan should include some key components for academics, testing and prep, and school research and selection. Each will be a facet of the college applications you will submit next year.
Here is our roadmap for how to break the process up into manageable chunks and which components to tackle as the year progresses.
Should you take the SAT or the ACT? Do you know? Are you or members of your family test biased?
It’s okay – this is one “dogma” of the college admissions process that has been hard to break through. But the truth is – either test will work for your application, but either test might not work for you
You have questions — we have the answers.
Today we will tackle Score Choice for the SAT and ACT tests. We often get asked by parents of Seniors if the schools their children are applying to can see all of the scores for the SAT or ACT tests the student has taken.
If you are planning on taking an SAT test, ACT test, PSAT test, or AP exams this school year, we have something for you. Our handy test calendar allows you to track these important dates, the days Montgomery County Public Schools will be off or have early dismissal during the 2019-2020 school year, and the key to dos for students planning their college admissions process.
If you are preparing to scale the mountain that is Junior year, we have some advice for you: take your SAT tests or ACT tests in your first semester.
Today we’ll cover the ACT and SAT writing exams. Our clients often ask if the optional 40-50 minute exams, which students take in addition to the required sections on test day, are really necessary.
This will be a great assist to busy juniors who find the end of the school year an inconvenient time to test. It will also allow students to take time and prepare without the added responsibilities of school and school year activities filling up their schedule. It might also be of good use to rising juniors looking to get ahead of admissions tests and be wrapped up well in time to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of being a high school junior!
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Six times a year at Everest, we take a moment to wish our test preparation students the very best, knowing that we have taken them as far as we can and that they are prepared to succeed. Tomorrow they will get up way too early, drag themselves out of a warm bed, and head out into a cold February morning to a familiar (or unfamiliar) school. For the next four hours or more, they will face one of their greatest challenges to date as they read and figure and think and fill in hundreds of tiny circles.
The sheer physical undertaking of getting through the test itself is difficult, let alone the mental challenges presented by all the grammar, algebra, geometry, and technical charts and graphs they will face. No one should underestimate the effort and the strength that it takes to tackle a test booklet of more than 50 pages, to keep turning to the next page, to keep working each question as carefully as the last. And they face these challenges knowing full well that they are doing this so that they can have as many opportunities and choices available to them as they take that next step in life from high school to college.
Recognizing how hard this challenge is, I am always nervous for my students but also very excited, as I know that they have the tools to succeed. I also know that we have thoroughly prepared them for the ordeal ahead by taking full practice tests several times. Most importantly, after everything we have put them through, they know that they are ready to tackle anything the test can throw at them. Tomorrow is the "real deal" though, so the team here at Everest sends all our best thoughts and wishes to our crew of testers, and wants them all to know that we are with them in spirit as we have given them all that we can to succeed tomorrow. Seize the day – you are going to do great!