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SAT Test Schedule: Planning for Junior Year Tests

Summer is right around the corner, and your child's junior year will be here before you know it. More so than any other year during high school, junior year is an especially demanding year for students. Not only do they have to think about their courses and extracurricular activities, but they also have to think about the standardized tests they will need to take as part of the college admissions process. Summer is a great time for your child to begin developing a testing timeline for junior year. Setting a schedule for when he or she will take these tests will alleviate much of the stress and anxiety associated with preparing for and taking these exams. Additionally, your child will have goals and deadlines to work toward that will enable him or her to effectively manage the commitments in his or her life.

Based on our experience working with students, StudyPoint has developed a recommended testing timeline for junior year. This timeline focuses on the major standardized tests that most students will take during junior year-the PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams. We suggest that you and your child print the timeline and use it to help plan a testing schedule for the fall and spring.

If you have questions about the recommended testing timeline or any of these tests, please feel free to reach out to a member of our team at 1-87STUDYPOINT (1-877-883-9764).


Recommended Junior Year Testing Timeline
Summer Before Junior Year Begin preparing for the PSAT. For more information about the PSAT, visit StudyPoint's PSAT Info Center.
August or September Register for the PSAT through your high school.
October Take the PSAT.
December Receive PSAT score report and review results.
Winter Begin preparing for the SAT and ACT. For more information about the SAT, visit StudyPoint's SAT Info Center. For more information about the ACT, visit StudyPoint's ACT Info Center.
Winter and Early Spring Register for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests.
February, April, and/or June Take the ACT. Once you receive your score report, determine if and when you should take the ACT again.
March/April and/or May Take the SAT. Once you receive your score report, determine if and when you should take the SAT again.
Early May Take the AP exams (if applicable). For more information about the AP exams, visit the College Board website.
Mid-to-Late May Begin preparing for the SAT Subject Tests. For more information about the SAT Subject Tests, visit the College Board website.
June Take the SAT Subject Tests. Once you receive your score reports, determine if and when you should take the SAT Subject Tests.


Please keep in mind, that the above schedule is a general guide for you and your child to use in planning. There are a variety of factors you and your child should take into consideration when developing a testing calendar, some of which include your child's schedule and availability, the coursework requirements for his or her junior year classes, his or her after-school activities, and his or her testing history. If your child's sports or extra-currilar activities require much of her time in the spring, it may make more sense to focus on a winter or fall test date for her final exam. Alternately, if your child is a bright student who has historically struggled with standardized tests, it may make sense for him to start the testing process earlier, so as to allow him more opportunities to gain familiarity with the test format and the testing environment.


If you have questions about planning for your child's tests, please feel free to reach out to a member of our Enrollment Team at 1-87STUDYPOINT (1-877-883-9764). Our Enrollment Consultants are happy to answer any questions you or your child have!

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