The SAT is a critical part of your student’s college application. Hitting his target score can boost their academic file for admissions officers, while results that fall below expectations might call for a retake. While prep is fundamental to success on the SAT, smart planning can make testing easier and reduce stress. This post discusses prep and strategic planning for the October SAT!
When is the October SAT?
The College Board will administer the SAT on October 6, 2018. The normal registration deadline is September 7, 2018, before which the SAT with Essay costs $60.00. Late registration is available until September 26, but you’ll be charged an extra fee of $29.00. Online scores will be released on October 21, 2018. For more information on SAT dates and pricing, click here.
|Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Test Date||Score Release|
|September 7, 2018||September 26, 2018||October 6, 2018||October 21, 2018|
Should My Senior Take the October SAT?
Maybe! If your student will be a senior, college applications will soon occupy lots of their time. In an ideal world, your student will have finished their standardized testing in October. But if they haven’t gotten their desired scores, then taking the October SAT should be a top priority. While the academic year is underway in October, hopefully your student won’t yet be preoccupied with final exams or other major commitments.
If your student has not started prepping, now is the time! They should prep over the summer and take the SAT in August. Ideally, they will earn their desired score in August. Otherwise, October is the last month in which your student can take the SAT and apply Early Action/Decision. Although seniors applying Regular Decision can take the November or December SAT, it will be hard to focus on prep in those months. Your student should get ahead and prep for the SAT over the summer!
Should My Junior Take the October SAT?
First of all, great job planning ahead! Juniors typically have more flexible schedules, although the fall semester can be intense. If your junior has been prepping for months, October is an excellent time to take the SAT. For juniors, the fall semester is a particularly good time to take the SAT because your student might be preoccupied with AP tests and college visits in the spring. In October, your student can make significant progress (and even finish) standardized testing!
These are common timelines for juniors. To get a more personalized timeline based on test-taking experience and other external factors, take our test-taking timeline quiz.
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