When to Take the SAT?
The SAT can be taken any time starting your freshman year. However, most students take the test in the spring of their junior year. Doing so will give you enough time to take the test twice, which is highly recommended, as 67 percent of students improve their score the second time around.
Once you receive your initial test results in your junior year, you'll know your weak points and can prepare to retake the test if you so choose. If you're not satisfied with your initial score, you can take the test for the second time in the fall of your senior year.
When to Start Preparing for the SAT?
For those serious about getting a superior score on the SAT, it's never too soon to start preparing. However, most students begin preparing for the SAT in the spring or summer before their junior year, as it gives them enough time to take the test, find their weak point from the first go-around and then take the SAT again in the fall of their senior year.
How to Prep for the SAT?
The best way to prep for your SAT is through classroom learning and by taking courses that challenge you and help you build the knowledge you need to be successful on the test, in college and in your future career.
If you take a free practice test with The Princeton Review , we can provide you with a personalized score report that includes the areas where you're strong as well as areas that need improvement. We pride ourselves on providing you with problem sets with questions that most closely resemble what you'll find on the SAT. However, the best way to prep for the SAT is to enroll in our SAT Prep course , which has both online and in-person options.
What to Do on Test Day?
The day of your test, try not to worry about studying. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, and make sure you arrive at the test site early. In most cases, doors open at 7:45 a.m. and close at 8 a.m., and you won't be admitted once the test has begun.
It's best to leave your cell phone, tablet, MP3 player and other devices at home, as the test administrator can deny you admission if you're found in possession of these prohibited electronic devices. You do, however, want to make sure you bring the following:
Admission Ticket and photo ID
Two number 2 pencils with erasers
An approved calculator and extra batteries
A watch with all alarms silenced
A drink and snack for the break
The test administrator will read all the instructions verbatim before you begin. They'll also tell you when you can start or stop working on each section. You must work on each section during the allotted time, and once it's complete, you cannot go back. You'll likely receive both a 10-minute and a five-minute break sometime during your test, which are the only times for eating and drinking.
Once the test is complete, the administrator will collect and count all test booklets to ensure everything has been turned in before students are released.
*Not all SAT Subject Tests are offered on each test date.
**If you take the SAT with Essay, you'll receive your essay score after you receive section scores for Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.