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October ACT for Junior Too Soon?


Replies to: October ACT for Junior Too Soon?

  • suzy100suzy100 Registered User Posts: 4,211 Senior Member
    @FlyerDad, is he studying for the SAT/PSAT? I would have him concentrate on that first. If he's a very good test-taker, a high score on the PSAT may open doors for merit money when he is applying for colleges. My Ds both took the SAT in the fall of their junior years, so I don't think that's too early to test.
  • LvMyKids2LvMyKids2 Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    Take the test. My daughter took in December of her junior year. a 36 and was done! It was so nice not thinking about the ACT and she could focus on her classes, ECs, and then AP tests and subject tests. My other child took early in junior year too. If they are taking practice tests and doing well- just take it.
  • LvMyKids2LvMyKids2 Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    edited September 13
    @MusakParent only problem with taking them year after year is that some schools will require you to submit ALL of them - talent search or not. I would never advise anyone to take a real ACT as a baseline. You can get real tests in a practice book and then sit at home and take it under very similar conditions to see how you do.
  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 1,857 Senior Member
    There are even some free real practice tests online (you can print them) for the ACT. I took it in August of my Junior year after taking and studying all 5 free online tests (why would you not study??) and like @LvMyKids2 got a 36 and was "one and done"

    I took the SAT subject tests the following June (at the end of my school year), and annoyingly, had to take the SAT for NMF confirmation. I took that August of my Senior year. I like not having tests during the school year.
  • jcmom716jcmom716 Registered User Posts: 311 Member
    @FlyerDad You sound as though you have a good handle on his test taking abilities. My son took a free practice ACT test at our local library fall his freshman year, no prep ahead and scored a 30. His freshman year he was doubling up on geometry and Algebra II. He felt he learned enough math that he took his first and only official ACT test spring his freshman year and scored a 34. He said he didn't want to wait until junior year when he would be too far beyond math to recall some of the geometry. My daughter was not on the same math trajectory and took the ACT junior year.

    It may be helpful to have a discussion with your son and see where he feels his math skills fit in with what sections are on the test. My son is now a senior in high school, but I believe the ACT may have added a few higher level math questions in the last year or two. Best of luck!
  • LvMyKids2LvMyKids2 Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    @jcmom716 I think if you are thru Algebra 2 anyone should be fine taking the ACT....maybe starting into pre-cal....But, YES, you don't want to get too far beyond math so that you start to forget :)
  • annamomannamom Registered User Posts: 911 Member
    I took it in August of my Junior year after taking and studying all 5 free online tests (why would you not study??) and like @LvMyKids2 got a 36 and was "one and done"
    when did ACT has August test?
  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 1,857 Senior Member
    @annamom, got it confused with the SAT! It was September. I'm doing full time dual enrollment and the college I'm taking classes at starts in late September, so I get my summer months mixed up.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,674 Senior Member
    @snowfairy137 It would be hard to be confused with SAT as the August test is new this year and only administered 3 weeks ago.
  • VeryapparentVeryapparent Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    edited September 14
    Yes have him take it in October. My D took the early fall test last year as a junior. Early in the year is better as junior year is super busy. Which turned out to be a good call because as the year went by she was tired, had AP classes and then tests to study for. Our theory was if she was happy with score then check off one box. If not finish busy year, study over summer and take early Fall test senior year. Chose your college choices off of earlier scores and add in some reaches.
  • FlyerDadFlyerDad Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thanks everyone for your comments--this has been incredibly helpful. I chatted with the boy, and he is going to take the October ACT with December as a backup. Seems like he is ready and he will likely have a much busier spring with sports, etc.

    He is definitely going to study--we have signed up with a test prep tutor and feel like they are a really good fit. Now just have to keep our fingers crossed (and study!).
  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 1,857 Senior Member
    @billcsho I got confused bc I thought the ACT had an august test date before, bc I remember taking the ACT last year during about the same time (before my school started) as I took the SAT this year. Sorry?
  • KAMmomKAMmom Registered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    My d18 took the ACT in Sep. and again in Oct.of her junior year. She wasn't stressed either time because she knew there was plenty of time to re-take it if necessary, and she did really well. Having it out of the way fall of junior year has been great. She has senior friends who are still testing this fall while trying to write essays and do the common app, and she's very happy she's not among them.
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