Spring is one of the busiest seasons in test prep. High school juniors are gearing up to take the SAT, ACT or both. Most of these students are taking the test for the first time. It's crunch time, so here are a few tips to get started.
- NOW is the time. While you may think June is eons away, it will be here before you know. Do your prep planning now, so you can take advantage of school holidays, like President's Day, to get some work done.
- If your planning includes a class or tutor, get signed up ASAP. Popular classes may already be full, and the best quality tutors are usually heavily booked at this time of year. Procrastination may leave you with no viable options other than self-prep.
- Put prep on the calendar. Busy high school students don't have much free time, and it's easy to put off test prep when you'd rather be spending quality time on Facebook. But prep takes time, and if you're just getting started, it's going to be a long haul till June. Commit time to prep by putting it on your weekly calendar.
- Don't stress. The vast majority of students will take the exam at least twice. If your spring schedule doesn't allow much time for test prep, don't worry too much. You'll have all summer to get ready for the fall administrations.
Best of luck to everyone. Now get to work!