Just two more weeks until the November SAT! Have you signed up yet? Today is the last day to mail in your late registration, and Monday, Oct 22nd is the last day to register online (late fee applies). Go to the SAT home page to register.
The SATs are now given seven–SEVEN!–times a year. You could take it every time if you really wanted, but that would get expensive and unproductive. While taking the SAT twice can improve your score, I don’t recommend taking it more than three times. More about this in another post.
The November SAT is the latest SAT date (I recommend) for students to get scores back in time for applications to the Cal State University (CSU) and University of CA (UC) schools, for admission into college next Fall. Both CSU and UC application deadlines are Nov 30. Although both systems say students can take the SAT (and/or ACT) “no later than December,” which means they might accept those scores, I encourage seniors to take it by the November test date. That way, you aren’t scrambling to study at the last minute, and you don’t have to worry about when your scores will be processed.
If you’re a junior, you should start preparing for the SAT and/or ACT. Familiarizing yourself with the test, doing practice problems, even taking practice tests will give you a leg up on the competition. Princeton Review has a great program where you can take FREE practice tests. Check out the Princeton Review website to find a location and date near you. You get to take the tests under regular testing conditions, which is the best way to do it. Most students freak out the first time they take either the SAT or ACT, so if you’re able to practice it (for FREE!) before you really take it, you’re that much more prepared. If you need help studying, let me know. My students earn improved scores!