You should take your first SAT during the spring of your junior year. Because the SAT is considered a junior-level test, it is wise to take the exam when junior-level material is still current in your mind. The test is offered in May and June; choose the administration that works best with your end-of-school-year schedule.
It is extremely important that you are fully prepared prior to taking the SAT. Be sure that you have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II before taking the test. If you high school offers a grammar course, take this as well prior to registering for the SAT. Be sure to download and take the free practice test from College Board (www.collegeboard.com). The accompanying score report will help you determine if you are ready for the SAT.
If your spring score does not meet your expectations, you have several more opportunities to try again during the fall of your senior year. In fact, most students take the test two or three times. The test is offered in October, November, December, and January, although some colleges may not accept scores from the January administration.
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