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The best time to begin preparation for the SAT is January of the sophomore year. There are so many variables to consider: time frame, academics, maturity, and motivation.
Sophomore year is a busy for many students, but not quite as busy as junior year is likely to be. In the junior year, many students are on varsity sports or in special ensembles in band and chorus, may take a paying job, may be visiting colleges, and are generally more active socially. In addition, students, especially those interested in more selective schools or special college programs, may be required to take subject tests (SAT II), which are administered on the same days as the SAT (SAT I – reasoning test-the one everyone takes). Some subject tests, such as language listening tests, may be available only on certain test dates. This means that the number of test dates available in junior year is significantly less than you may have first thought, meaning the number of spring test dates will be fewer, so you may have to test earlier than you thought- not possible if you don’t realize until late in the year.
Combine that with other obligations: Prom frequently falls suspiciously near the May date at many schools; a great sports team may have a schedule that extends far beyond the usual season; band and chorus competitions are numerous. The list goes on and on- juniors are very busy people.
Know the dates so you can plan ahead.
Above are just some conflicts that may affect test dates. Imagine trying to study intensely with all that going on! So, begin studying sophomore year. Math grades will improve, as will retention. And learn vocabulary now and skip the thesaurus when writing English papers- use your increased vocabulary- then you won’t lose it!
All the best!