Don’t wait until senior year to lose your testing virginity

October 3, 2006 at 4:52 pm 1 comment

Posted by Dee

It is mindboggling to me that college advisors and other college admissions websites are still recommending on their timelines that students take their SAT and/or ACT tests in October or November of senior year! BAD idea folks, and here’s some reasons why:

1. Timing: if you wait until October of senior year to take your standardized tests, you will, in my opinion, have major timing issues. Most top universities, let’s take Harvard as an example, recommend that you take your tests by the October test deadline. They say that usually the November scores arrive in time. But, even if you decide to take the SAT, for example, for the first time in October, the test is on October 14th, and your scores will arrive on November 2nd. But what if you have low scores and want to take the exam again? Well, that means that within two days (the November testing date is November 4th) you will have another test. But if you waited until November 2nd to sign up for the November 4th test date, tough luck! The U.S. late registration deadline for the SAT was October 11th!

2. Experience: You are applying to a top school, right? That means you have top competition too. You are going to want the highest scores you can get, regardless of how great your grades or extracurriculars or recommendations may be. A large part of being successful on these standardized tests is simply being familiar with the set-up, expectations, and types of questions and answers on the exam. The earlier you can become accustomed to the exam, the better. That will give you more time to study more for aspects of the exam you don’t perform as well on.

3. Stress: When it comes to college admissions, you and I both know there are lots of things to take care of… from deadlines to testing to asking for recommendations to writing essays, while, in the meantime, keeping grades up in school. Testing is easily one of the only aspects of applying to school that you can get done with early, so that you don’t need to worry about it while you are working on and getting together all the other aspects.


Entry filed under: Academics, ACT, Admissions, College Board, Colleges/Universities, Deadline, Extracurricular activities, Grades, Harvard, High school, Organization, Procrastination, Recommendations, SAT, Testing.

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  • 1. Aurelia  |  October 14, 2006 at 4:47 am

    Awesome Awesome POST!! WOW I may need to interview you for my radio show at My Oldest Daughter is in her 2nd year of college and and getting her through her Sr. year of HS was so stressfull with the college applications, SAT’s, keeping her grades up and of course we can’t forget the social life!

    Awesome Awesome post…


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