BEGIN FOUNDATIONAL WORK
Students in this score range often begin doing foundational work over the summer before junior year or during the fall. This work may include traditional test preparation, but it may also be focused on solidifying fundamental knowledge by reviewing math concepts, practicing reading comprehension skills, and learning conventional grammar rules. The goal is to make formal test preparation less stressful in the few months leading up to the exam.
FORMAL TEST PREPARATION
Whether or not students have done foundational work over the summer or fall, most will begin test preparation 3–4 months in advance of the late spring exams. A practice test in January can help assess how much a student has grown since initial diagnostic exams and set a baseline for improvement. Tutoring proceeds steadily throughout the spring.
APs and SUBJECT TESTS
APs take place in May. If needed, Subject Tests can be taken in May or June, but June is the more popular date.
Students on the deferred timeline will often skip the March SAT and April ACT, aiming instead for the May SAT or June ACT. This gives students the full spring to prepare, allowing them to concentrate on school and extracurriculars.
Summer is a good time to take practice tests and engage tutors to help refresh thefied in the spring.
Any fall test date has the potential to be a good time for a second sitting; the October SAT and September ACT are particularly popular. Both test dates give students the opportunity to sit for the exams a third time in November or December if it makes sense to do so.