James, our student from the story in the first post in this series, came to us in October of his senior year, hoping to do some preparation for the November or December SAT. While Fall of senior year is a popular time to prepare for the SATs, it’s the wrong time. James had his college applications due, his rigorous senior year workload, and a pretty bad case of early-onset “senioritis.” If everything had gone his way, James may have squeaked through with his preparation to get the scores he needed. Rarely, though, does it work out so well.
So when is the best time to prepare? When should James have begun? I, along with many other professionals in the field, believe that all students should start thinking about SATs no earlier than the summer after their sophomore year and no later than October of their Junior year. Notice I said thinking about, not preparing.