My niece in TN took her SATs and ACTs in her junior year, along with all her peers. They began taking them in the fall of their junior year and would take them a few times, so that by the end of their junior year they were comfortable with the test and their scores had (usually) improved. Then they sent their college applications in (end of junior year).
So my daughter, who is 16 and should be a junior, figured she would do what her cousin in TN did. She went and took the SATs a couple of weeks ago. But we are in Florida, and daughter was shocked to see that every other student at the test was a senior (she knew them, it was at her school).
Of course she's panicking because her scores are going to be judged against her 17- and 18- year old test takers who have all had the benefit of another year.
1) How much do your test scores improve from one year (or 9 months) to the next? Do they really go up that much if you take them 6 or 7 months later?
3) Is it worth it for her to take them in the spring? [Answer: depends how well she does on these that she just took, right?]
2) My daughter is graduating a year early even though she is 16...she worked hard over hte summer to earn extra credits to do so. Will colleges allow her to apply even though she is only 16, as long as her grades and test scores are good enough?