How Old Should a Student Be to Start Prepping for the SAT®?June 10, 2016, 10:40 PM
One of the most important parts of getting into a good university is getting a good score on the SAT® exam. The SAT® is the most recognized standardized test that most universities use to gauge which applicants will thrive at their campus. A common question we get here at Kranse Institute is how old a student should be to start prepping for the SAT®? Some think that the earlier the better is the way to go, and others think that prepping just before the exam helps retain the most information. So which is it? Should college-bound students start as early as middle school or as late as junior year?
We suggest starting to prep for the the SAT® as early as eighth grade year. It sound early, but if a student plans on taking the SAT® several times throughout high school, eighth graders can take a relaxed and long-view approach to prepping, and can plan on taking their first SAT® sophomore year. If they struggle with the SAT® the first time they take it, and receive a low score, this indicates a student needs additional prepping and additional attempts at taking the SAT®.
Timing your prep
After taking the first SAT® sophomore year, we recommend taking the SAT® an additional two times: in the fall of junior year and spring of junior year. This is why we recommend you start early. Taking an intensive exam like the SAT® requires lots of time and dedication to studying. Ample time to study for all of the sections of the SAT®: Math, Reading and Writing, and optional essay -- in addition to taking the SAT® several times -- will give college-bound students the best chance at success. We suggest devoting 10-12 hours a week to SAT® prep.
Kranse Institute SAT® Prep Expert give you a full 18 months to prep for the SAT®. This means you can sign up at the beginning of high school, and still have access halfway through sophomore year, when you’ve most likely already taken your SAT® PSAT/NMSQT®. This length of access allows you to prep for taking the SAT® multiple times. Most users take the SAT® three times and use their best score with which to apply to universities.
Because the format is broken up into short, easy-to-understand lectures, using Kranse Institute SAT® Prep Expert allows you to go over any lectures as many times as you want, allowing you to optimally retain the strategies presented. Starting early with Kranse Institute allows you to be ahead of the curve when it comes to prepping for this all-important exam. Read more SAT® exam tips at Kranse Institute's blog now!