Standardized Testing Timeline for College Bound Students

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  • Students should READ EVERY DAY This is key to doing well on all sections of standardized tests. Regular reading improves speed and comprehension and makes correct grammar come naturally.
  • Students should continue to practice and learn Math Concepts (EDNavigators recommends Summer Solutions books and/or Khan Academy Online)

Summer Before 8th Grade

  • Students who are considering applying to a high school with an entrance exam should prepare for high school entrance exam. Some high school entrance exams count not only for admission but also for course placement.

Summer Before 9th Grade

  • Students may want to take a practice test (SAT or ACT) to get a feel for what to expect. The practice test can serve as a motivator for the student to stay focused in school and learn the content offered. It can be a timely eye-opener that there is no “quick-fix or cramming” that works for these tests. To achieve success on these tests, students must first know the material.  Then they practice and learn strategies.
  • Students with an athletic hook or those who may need a score range early should
  1. Take full practice SAT
  2. Take full practice ACT
  3. Decide which test to take
  4. Prep for that Test

Summer Before 10th Grade

  1. Take full practice SAT
  2. Take full practice ACT
  3. Decide which test to take
  4. Prep for that Test

Summer Before 11th Grade**

  • ALL college bound students should use this summer to prepare for standardized tests. The Junior year of high school is known to be extremely busy for students. EDNavigators recommends the bulk of test prep be completed before the school year begins.

Summer Before 12th Grade**

  • Students who want to improve SAT or ACT scores or who still need to take SAT Subject Tests should prepare for these exams.

When are Standardized Tests Offered?

  • SAT’s are administered in January, March, May, June, October, November and December (NOT in February, April, July, August or Sept)
  • ACT’s are administered in September, October, December, February, April, and June (NOT January, March, May, July, August or November)
  • SAT Subject Tests are administered every month SAT’s are given except for March (subject offerings vary by date)
  • AP Exams are administered in May

** EDNavigators recommends that all testing be completed by the end of Junior year of high school. This way the summer before senior year can be used for college application preparation and a break from testing pressure.

  • SAT and ACT scores are available to students between two and three weeks after the test.
  • The date the scores are received by the colleges varies depending upon the college’s reporting method.
  • Safely speaking, plan to have all standardized testing complete 6 weeks before the application due date. Colleges and Universities with rolling admissions make their applications available to students September 1 of the student’s senior year of high school. For rolling admissions, chances for admission can be better the earlier the complete application is submitted since applications are reviewed as they are received. This puts the senior who did not complete testing junior year at a possible disadvantage. Early Decision deadlines are generally Nov 1 or Nov 15. To meet this deadline, the last standardized test date is the September ACT and the June SAT – (possibly October SAT but this one may be cutting it close!).

• Full practice tests and test prep for High School Entrance Exams, the SAT and the ACT will be offer in July in Sea Girt, NJ and in August in Malvern, PA.
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Specifics for the Classes of 2016 and 2017

Sandy Aprahamian, Principal, Independent Educational Consultant, EDNavigators

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