Testing FAQ

The following awesome questions surface in every consultation I have with parents regarding SAT and ACT testing for college admissions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions distilled and simplified.


Students should begin testing for the ACT and the SAT during their year in Algebra 2. In this way, they will then have all the math skills needed for success: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.


All colleges accept the SAT and the ACT for college admissions. Try Both!


The tests are typically administered in the following months:

  • SAT - March, May, June, August, October, November, December
  • ACT - February, April, June, July, September, October, December


Register at sat.org and act.org.


To score your personal best To enhance your opportunities at dream schools To qualify for scholarships.


Test prep is imperative!!

  • Self prep with official workbooks. Use the Official ACT Prep Guide and the Official SAT Study Guide. Lots of various prep books are available, but these are the Best as they contain real, retired, official tests. Free online resources are available at sat.org and act.org.
  • Prep classes and/or private tutoring with vetted, legitimate businesses who are members of the National Test Prep Association found at https://nationaltestprep.org/directory/

Mary Thomas, licensed teacher, mom of teens, founder of Test Prep Simplified

www.testprepsimplified.com 🙂

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