The simple answer is “as early as possible!”
We recommend starting early so you have enough time to not only prep, but then to take the test and still have time for applications, subject tests, college visits, etc.
The later you start, the more time per day you will have to put in. So let’s say you start in your Junior year and have 4-5 months to prep for your first test. You might be spending 60 minutes a day trying to learn all the strategies, review old formulas and perfect your essay before you have to take the test. Not to mention you also have to schedule in your subject tests, AP tests, and take a back up test in case your first test didn’t get you the desired results. That’s a lot to handle on top of all of your regular rigorous academic courses and extracurricular activities.
Now, imagine starting your prep your freshman year. You can put in 15-20 minutes a day and by your sophomore year, you will have studied for 120 hours!. You can take the SAT your sophomore year and be totally done with it! Scores are good for 5 years, so the best way forward is to knock it out of the park early. Now you have plenty of time to research colleges, fill out applications, study for APs and subject tests, and have a social life too!
Published on: May 4, 2016
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