Help Please! Advice for best time to take first SAT, ACT, SAT II

<p>Daughter is a Freshman and is currently in Algebra 2 honors with a fairly strong background in math for this area. She took ACT as a 7th grader, SAT 8th grade and PSAT this year so she knows the test formats. Next year she will take pre-calculus honors which has trigonometry in it then AP Calc her junior and senior years. </p>

<p>Should she go ahead and take her first real SAT at the end of Freshman year while the Alg 2 is still fresh? What about the SAT Math 2 subject test and the ACT?</p>

<p>She scored a 211 on this recent PSAT with a 71, 69 ( forgot to add an answer to the answer sheet), 71.</p>

<p>She needs work in grammar and has not had good instruction in writing since 7th grade. She scored a 690 10/12 on the essay in 8th grade SAT.</p>

<p>All of these scores are thrown out so they will not be on her record.</p>

<p>Suggestions please!</p>

<p>Thank you</p>

<p>SAT/ACT should be taken whenever she wants to take it. Earlier is better so she can improve over time and up her score. I would recommend a practice test first to gauge her score, then real SAT.</p>

<p>SAT Math II should be taken after Precal w/ trig, because it will have concepts from PreCal.</p>

<p>I would wait till Soph year at the earliest. Don't have 10 poor takes on your record, because some schools require that they be shown all of them. Study for a year or two and do well on the first take. I took my SAT in mid-Junior year and got a 2320, and didn't need to retake.</p>

<p>Math II should also be taken after PreCalc, but it also has a lot of topcis my Honors class in PreCalc didn't cover, so studying a review book is very important. I got an 800 thanks to the exam's very generous curve, but the material on it was beyond what my school teaches.</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies. Any particular review book for the Math 2 you recommend?</p>

<p>The math 2 is honestly not that difficult for a subject test. Personally, I don't think you need a book for an 800. Just take practice tests (or better yet, old actual tests that have been released), correct them, and keep a notebook of the concepts that cause you to miss questions. Week or so before the test review the notebook and go though the questions you missed to try to get them right this time. </p>

<p>That's all you need to get to an 800 IMO. Math II is much easier to score well on than SAT I math.</p>

<p>I used Barron's. The book really helped me just by reading through it, I think it was worth it.</p>