Are You Ready for the SAT?
- Have you taken the PSAT?
- Have you used your PSAT Score Report to review the items you missed?
- Are you familiar with the directions for each type of SAT question?
- Have you practiced with the Triumph College Admissions SAT Study Guide?
- Have you completed Algebra II and English II?
- Have you taken challenging academic classes?
- Have you met with your school counselor?
If you answer “no” to any of these questions, see your school counselor before registering for the SAT.
TCA Online StudyGuide for SAT/PSAT
Now available at no cost : Additional resources to help students prepare for the SAT/PSAT. WCPS students, click HERE to access more information.
2012—2013 SAT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
(a fee applies)
|October 6, 2012||September 7||September 21|
|November 3||October 4||October 19|
|December 1||November 1||November 16|
|January 26, 2013||December 28||January 11|
|March 9||February 8||February 22|
|May 4||April 5||April 19|
|June 1||May 2||May 17|
The SAT Reasoning Test: Parent FAQs
When Should My Child Take the SAT?
- The SAT is usually administered seven times a year: October, November, December, January, March, May, and June.
- Most students take the SAT in their junior year.
- Many students find it to their advantage to take the test more than once; however, simply re-taking the test without additional preparation will not be beneficial.
- Students should have completed or be enrolled in Algebra II and English 11.
- Students are encouraged to meet with their Guidance Counselors to determine the most appropriate testing date.
How Can My Child Prepare for the SAT?
- Students should take challenging academic courses every year, including English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, and fine arts.
- Students should read regularly, both fiction and nonfiction. Make reading a priority over television and computer time.
- Students should work on expanding their vocabularies. Learn prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. Subscribe to one of the word-a-day email lists. Study a foreign language.
- Students should get involved in clubs, organizations, and sports. College Board research links participation in extracurricular activities in high school to higher SAT test scores.
- Students should use their PSAT Score Reports to target specific areas for practice.
- Students should become familiar with the SAT format and types of questions by practicing with official SAT materials.
Where Can I Find Practice Materials?
- Visit www.collegeboard.com [The Official SAT Site] to access the following free materials:
- Official SAT Question of the Day – can be emailed to your child’s inbox daily.
- Free Practice Questions – in critical reading, math, and writing.
- Free full-length Practice Test – with score report and answer explanations online.
- Log onto the Triumph College Admissions SAT Study Guide, available free of charge to WCPS students.
- Purchase The Official SAT Study Guide or borrow a copy from your child’s school.
- Visit word-a-day websites such as Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.
- Contact your child’s Guidance Counselor or Student Achievement Specialist regarding school-based materials and opportunities.
2012-2013 ACT TEST DATES
|TEST DATE||REGISTRATION DEADLINE||(LATE FEE REQUIRED)|
|September 8||August 17||August 18-24|
|October 27||September 21||September 22 - October 5|
|December 8||November 2||November 3 - 16|
|February 9||January 11||January 12 - 18|
|April 13||March 8||March 9 - 22|
|June 8||May 3||May 4 - 17|
SAT Preparation Center
SAT Question of the Day
Merriam Webster’s Word of the Day