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When is the best time for me to take the SAT?

foxslothsfoxsloths Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited July 2011 in SAT Preparation
I was going to take it this October, but I heard the October test is hard..
Then I read something about a curve and October scores might be better?...

I'm an incoming Junior so I still have time, but I need to finish soon. When would be the best month for me to take it?
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Replies to: When is the best time for me to take the SAT?

  • braniacbraniac Registered User Posts: 404 Member
    Most people take it October of their Junior year, May/June of their Junior year, and then October of their Senior year, or any combination of the 3 if not all of them are necessary. There have been rumors about the October test being ''harder'' than the others but their is absolutely no proof for it and I have only heard that from one person so don't worry about it.
  • 314159265314159265 Registered User Posts: 4,276 Senior Member
    Take the test when you feel ready. A hard test will have a more forgiving curve and vice versa.
  • LoseYourselfLoseYourself - Posts: 1,191 Senior Member

    I second this.
  • DorkyelmoDorkyelmo Registered User Posts: 1,770 Senior Member
    I guess I third that o.o ^^ :D
    But yeah, after you reached a reachable goal, take the test. And relax (:
  • ZombieDanteZombieDante Registered User Posts: 3,895 Senior Member
    I say take it in Nov cause I think that is going to be the less popular
  • OhioMom3000OhioMom3000 Registered User Posts: 2,063 Senior Member
    I suggest March and June of junior year. May is AP tests. Then it is finished by senior year and you can devote time to college apps and keeping gpa up.
  • DusterbugDusterbug - Posts: 391 Member
    Can any one tell me if this is a good SAT schedule- December of Junior year, march or june junior year, and early senior year if I'm not satisfied with the first 2?
  • fogcityfogcity Registered User Posts: 3,228 Senior Member
    I assume that you'll be taking the PSAT exam in October, and that you'll be studying for that. If so then there is great deal of merit for taking the SAT in December. You'll leverage the studying that you've done for the PSAT, and you'll have the PSAT score in time to gauge whether additional studying would help for December SAT.

    You can decide on the followup tests (if they are necessary) once you receive your December score.
  • DrGoogleDrGoogle Registered User Posts: 11,047 Senior Member
    I would suggest you practice at home until your scores are in the desirable ranges and then book the test date and then take it. It's not good to take it in Oct(or whenever) if you are consistently been getting low scores at home.
  • Aceventura74Aceventura74 Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member

    My junior year I chose the March exam. I received my score and then prepared very well over the summer and did quite well on the infamous October exam of my senior year. The October exam has the greatest curve. CB doesn't "say" that, but statistically it does. The October SAT is for people who "messed up" before, and this is (sorry if I add pressure) the LAST chance you have to get a great SAT score if you plan on applying early anywhere. Most people plan to study during the summer; most don't, and the curve is thus generated to accommodate people who do worse than average "bad" on other SAT exams. I'd say go for the March during your Junior year and then October of your senior year. I had friends who chose to do March and June (during junior year) and then they ended up taking the October exam with me and their scores didn't tremendously increase. Hope I helped, good luck :)!

  • rotipratagirlrotipratagirl Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Nov or Dec? How's December's curve like? I'm taking subject tests in October so that's out for me..
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