Sunday, July 01, 2012

Recommended Test Prep Schedules

Achieving outstanding results on standardized tests like the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, and HSPT is rarely an accident!

Many devoted hours and much hard work are generally required to maximize the probability of success on these important exams. Because of the importance of the outcome and the significant expenditure of time, energy, and money that's typically involved, careful planning is essential.

Long-term preparation in advance of test day will almost always yield the best result ... but isn't always possible or practical. Alternatively, medium-term or even short-term prep can often be extremely effective in optimizing standardized test scores.

Here are the specific schedules I recommend as guides for you to follow in organizing your test prep plans in advance of the most popular test dates for each test (preparation schedules for dates not listed can be extrapolated from those given below).

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May SAT:

Begin long-term prep the preceding June, medium-term prep in October, and short-term prep in February.

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November SAT:

Begin long-term prep the preceding December, medium-term prep in April, and short-term prep in August.

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June SAT Subject Tests

Begin long-term prep the preceding November, medium-term prep in February, and short-term prep in April.

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April ACT

Begin long-term prep the preceding September, medium-term prep in December, and short-term prep in February.

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October PSAT

Begin long-term prep the preceding March, medium-term prep in June, and short-term prep in August.

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November SSAT

Begin long-term prep the preceding April, medium-term prep in July, and short-term prep in September.

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December HSPT

Begin long-term prep the preceding May, medium-term prep in August, and short-term prep in October.

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