A general rule for when high school students should begin SAT test prep is “The earlier, the better.” Many students discover that their junior and senior years of high school are so busy with homework and extracurricular activities that they don’t have time to adequately prepare for the SAT, and they end up with lower scores than they expected. Others delay so long that they are unable to apply for early decision at their preferred university. So when is the right time to begin SAT test prep? Well, that can vary depending on what year the student takes Algebra II.
Because the SAT includes a lot of Algebra II math and only a little Pre-calculus, the ideal time for most students to take the SAT test is when finishing Algebra II, whichever year of high school that may be. The right time to begin intensive SAT test prep, therefore, is during their year of Algebra II, with Pre-calculus studies as part of the SAT prep. For some students, that may be as early as the 9th grade, but for most, it will mean SAT prep should begin during the 10th grade, with testing at the end of that year, or the beginning of 11th grade. That way, once the test is taken and a high score is in the books, the student can focus on keeping good school grades, stay involved in important extracurriculars, and work on other parts of the college admissions process during their junior and senior years, without having to worry about the SAT.
The best way to begin SAT test prep is with a free SAT diagnostic test at Education One. Without any charge or commitment, your student can take a simulated exam to find their current score, and discover what areas of their math, reading and writing skills need improvement for a maximum SAT score. Our Center Director will go over the test results with both parents and student, to recommend a personalized study plan that will address performance deficiencies and build on areas of strength.
Our SAT test prep tutors will then use a proven mix of instruction, focused practice problems and simulated exams to provide the maximum boost to your SAT score. The tutoring is personalized and individualized to meet the specific needs of each student, not a group class with dozens of students.
The schedule for SAT test prep can also be customized to meet the needs of most any busy student and parent. A student needing intensive tutoring may visit several times per week, while another may need only occasional lessons for the most difficult concepts. With tutoring sessions available after school, during the evening and on weekends, Education One has an SAT test prep schedule for every student.
If you are looking for a way to improve your SAT score, you should consider our SAT test prep at Education One. Our tutors know the test inside and out and will help students acquire the knowledge and strategies necessary for success on this exam. If you are interested in our SAT test prep, call us today for more information or to make an appointment.