Wondering when to take the SAT?  Not sure where it fits in during your high school career so you will be ready in time for college admissions?  Check out these guidelines, and then contact us if you have more questions.  

Freshman Year

First year in High School! This is the year where you want to spend time adjusting to the more rigorous curriculum of High School. 

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Make sure to keep up with classes and take the PSAT if your school offers it. It won't count for anything, but it will be really good practice!

Sophomore Year

You will take the PSAT for the first time in October. The PSAT doesn't count for anything this time around so just think of it as practice for the real thing! It's also a good time to get the College Board Official SAT Book. 

Junior Year

Take your PSAT in October. Top scores qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. 

Plan on taking your FIRST SAT sometime during your Junior Year. Keep in mind that most students will take the test 2-3 times. 

The SAT is offered during the following months: August, October, November, December, March, May and June.

If you are taking Pre-Calc as a Junior, our suggestion is to prepare for either the November or December SAT.

If you are taking Algebra 2 or below as a Junior, it's probably best to wait till March to take the SAT for the first time.

Take the SAT for the second time in Spring of your Junior Year. 

If you plan on taking SAT Subject tests, try to take them in May which will be around the same time as AP Exams. For example, if you are planning on taking the AP Biology exam which is in May, you can also take the SAT Subject Test in Biology in May. 

Senior Year

Take advantage of the summer going into your senior year to prepare for your last SAT (if need be) either in August or October. Depending on the colleges you are applying to, you could potentially take the SAT in November or December of your senior year though we reccomend taking the test by October!

College Application deadlines usually start approaching late November onwards so make sure to plan ahead.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to STAFFS Prep at paras.jain@staffsprep.com! If you'd like to register for a SAT Prep class, please visit www.staffsprep.com/register. Use the coupon code SAT200 to get $200 off your registration!