May is a more desirable time of year to take the exam than June or July because students are still completely involved with their academic lives. By constant involvement in their courses, their critical thinking skills must remain sharp in order to succeed. However, many students are thinking about the prom - either with tension or joy - or their summer adventures by late May and June. They are waiting for the school year to end and don’t feel like preparing for or taking another exam. For those students who are taking AP courses, the focus should be on the AP exams since they have worked hard in those courses and are hoping to get college credit based on the exam score. (And as parents, we are very pleased to pay for one less course.) As far as taking the ACT in July, this is useful if a student doesn’t mind continuing to work on academic skills once the official school year has ended. Well now that we have stated and explained the EA opinion, we are hoping that you will take our point of view into consideration as you identify which test you will take.
Just one more thought, you want to visit colleges while the students are on campus. Without witnessing the day-to-day activities, it is difficult to really get the “vibe” of that campus. At most colleges, the midterm point has just passed and in seven weeks, students will return home. So if you can, make a list of colleges and take a family outing.
Our next six-week session for the SAT begins this Tuesday and will end on Tuesday before the SAT is given. If you want to read about our upcoming schedule or events, or just learn more about us by visiting www.eatestprep.com For any specific questions or concerns, you can reach us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (845.582.0017).