What’s Next After the PSAT for Juniors: SAT or ACT?

psat-then-satMost students and parents playing the college admissions game to win know the “new” standardized testing strategy—i.e., in the era of “score choice“— is to sit for at least one SAT and at least one ACT. But many have been calling and emailing to ask which standardized test on what date is best to take after the PSAT in the fall of junior year. Good question; glad they asked.

For the vast majority of students and for two good reasons, the answer is the ACT on 12/10:

  1. Taking the PSAT and the ACT during the fall of junior year means that before the first of the year, you will have in hand both a CollegBoard score (i.e., your PSAT score, which is a good indicator of how you’ll do on the SAT) and an ACT score. This is THE BEST way to tell whether you’re an SAT kid, an ACT kid, or both, and will help drive your plans for winter and spring prep and re-testing.
  2. Forgoing the October, November, and December SATs will enable juniors to focus time and energy on their studies and grades, which are even more important than test scores (and by that I mean from the perspectives of both educators and college admissions officers).

The best test prep class we offer at CPE as measured by score improvement, as well as the most economical option, happens to be our 6-Session ACT Prep Class. The dates and times for the class targeting the 12/10 exam are 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/3, 12/9 (five Sundays and one Friday), 5:00-7:00PM, in West Hartford and online. Details here. Registration here. If there is enough demand, we’ll schedule a second and third class on different dates, so if the dates above don’t work for you, please call or send us an email to let us know.

For the small number of students who prepared extensively for the PSAT and feel ready for the SAT, or already know from prior testing that they score higher on the SAT than the ACT, it might make sense to take the 12/3 SAT rather than or in addition to the 12/10 ACT.  CPE offers a 6- and 9-session SAT Prep Class for that exam as well: 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/2 (five Saturdays and one Friday), 5:00-7:00PM in West Hartford and online. Details hereRegistration here.

Some students need to focus the majority of their ACT/SAT prep time on MATH. If that sounds like you, check out our 4-in-1 Super Value Math Class. Details hereRegistration here.

Of course, individual circumstances may vary, so feel free to call or email to discuss your particular case. We’re here to help. 🙂


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