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Junior Year Test Prep

Junior Year Test Prep
Students who graduate college and career ready will save time and money if they decide to continue their education after high school, so it is very important that your child uses their junior year to prepare, especially for the SAT and ACT. To make sure SBCUSD students are as prepared as possible and have the same options and opportunities as students elsewhere, we are recommending that all juniors start studying now and spend 100 hours this year on test prep, focusing on improving their math and English skills. Free and accessible resources are available to all SBCUSD students through CollegeBoard, ACT and Khan Academy.
Recommended Study and Testing Schedule
Study: All students should study an average of two hours a week, starting at the beginning of their junior year. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT WAIT UNTIL AFTER WINTER BREAK TO BEGIN STUDYING. They should study an additional 10-20 hours the month before they take the SAT in May.

Testing: Students should start by uploading their PSAT scores from last year to Khan Academy. If students did not take the PSAT last year, they should take a full-length practice test to get a baseline score and to get study recommendations.

AUGUST--Register with your high school counselor or school's testing coordinator to take the PSAT in October. (If a student doesn't take the official exam, they should plan to take an unofficial exam on Khan Academy.)
OCTOBER 10--Take the PSAT/NMSQT. (Or take a full-length practice test Oct. 13 or 14.
FEBRUARY--Take a full-length practice SAT on Khan Academy.
APRIL--By April 5, register for the May SAT. Before registering, students should check to see if the colleges they're interested in require writing the essay. 
MAY 4--Take the SAT Reasoning Test.
MAY--By May 3, register for any SAT Subject Tests required for college admission. Check with individual colleges and majors to see if they require them.
JUNE 1--Take the SAT Subject Tests.
FALL 2019--Retake SAT Reasoning or Subject tests, if necessary



Resources
CollegeBoard--The CollegeBoard has many resources to help students improve students' math and English skills using SAT study materials.  Preparation for college starts in 8th grade with the PSAT 8/9, shifts to the PSAT in 10th grade and the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade, and finishes with the SAT, which colleges use for admissions. To find out what PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT and SAT scores your child needs to earn to get into various colleges, click here.
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Khan Academy--Khan Academy has partnered with CollegeBoard to provide students with additional SAT study materials, including specialized practice based on students' PSAT/SAT scores. Students can set up a practice and testing schedule that will keep them on track, monitor their progress and adjust their preparation based on the questions they've answered on the practice tests. For an overview on Khan Academy's SAT study program, watch this video!

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 ACT--The ACT is also used for college admissions and tests similar math and English skills as the SAT, but also has sections on science and history. Some colleges prefer one or the other, but most accept both and ACT and the SAT. ACT test prep resources are available on their website. ACT logo


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