How Many Times Should You Take the SAT/ACT?

In response to some of my reader’s comments, I want to address the issue of whether or not to take the SAT/ACT several times. The general advice on this issue is the following:

1. Take three second-semester SATs junior year: January, March, and May, leaving June for subject tests. Most schools do not ask for all you SAT scores.
2. In some cases, it makes sense to have juniors take the SATs in the fall, but I generally it’s recommended that juniors keep their focus on school and grades rather than on SATs/ACTs.
3. It’s advisable to have three second-semester ACTs on alternate months – February, April, June.

Although this is an intense plan, it allows students six chances at the tests and the opportunity to mix-and-match for a CommonApp “super score,” with little to no downside.

Good Luck!

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