The SAT and ACT are scary. They are long, they are fast, and they are hard, so trying to figure out how to prepare for them can be overwhelming. Luckily, A-List is here to give a couple quick tips to get sophomores started this summer!
The first thing to do is learn the basics of each test. Check out The College Board and ACT websites for information on format, content, and timing which will give you the framework for each test. You can also check out our direct comparison of the tests.
Nothing beats experiential learning, so once you have a basic idea of the tests, sign up to take a practice test. Don’t worry about studying beforehand – the point of this practice test is to see what you don’t know right now. Once you get started with tutoring, this information will be really helpful in pinpointing what you need to work on.
As a sophomore, college may seem pretty far into the future. However, this summer is the perfect time to start researching colleges and universities to get a sense of where you would want to go – and what scores you would need to get there. While the internet has a wealth of college search resources, it can sometimes be too much of a good thing. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start your college search, consider reaching out to A-List college advising.
With your practice scores and college possibilities in mind, start thinking about how you can get from your first practice test to your goal score. This process will likely take most of your junior year, so it’s important to plan how to balance test preparation with school, extracurriculars, and the rest of life.
Most importantly, remember that A-List is always here to help. You can call or email us whenever you have questions or need support. SAT and ACT preparation can be overwhelming, but with your hard work and our guidance, your score improvement goals are within reach.