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When to Take SAT/ACT

  • Check the SAT/ACT requirements and/or suggestions made by the schools to which you may apply.
  • Check the average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students for the schools to which you may apply.
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT by using Test Prep in Naviance and Khan Academy.
  • As a junior, you may ​need to take the SAT and ACT once during your junior year, to see on which test you perform better.
  • ​ (If you are satisfied with a score on the SAT or ACT, you may not need to take the other test.​)
  • As a junior, you may need to take Subject Tests to be ready for early applications during your senior year. If so, take the tests as near to the completion of the class of the Subject Test's content as possible. May or June are usually the best times.
  • As a senior, if you have taken the Subject Tests and are pleased with your Subject Tests scores, then you are fine.
  • As a senior, if you need to take the Subject Tests, then be sure to do so to meet your application deadlines.
  • As a senior, if you want better scores than those from your junior year tests, then register for the tests that you need, making sure to have a plan that meets your applications deadlines.