Each year, more than two million students take the SAT. Though the standardized test has been something of a rite of passage for generations of college-bound high school students, it’s not always clear when or how to begin preparing for the test.
If you’re a current high school student, perhaps you’ve benefited from the guidance of a counselor or teacher in figuring out what you should be doing each year to prepare for the SAT and the rest of the college application process. If not, College Board, the makers of the SAT, has put together a year-by-year guide to help you keep your college prep on track.
While most students take the SAT for the first time in their junior year, this doesn’t mean you should wait until then to begin preparing or that you should put off college planning until then either. For example, plan to take the PSAT before the SAT. The PSAT provides a practice run for the SAT, and if you do well, your score could qualify you for scholarship opportunities. You’ll also want to consider what high school classes you’re taking and when. Colleges put a lot of value on the types of classes you take in high school when considering your application.
For all of College Board’s year-by-year recommendations, check out the full guide here.