This Year’s Resolution: Improve your ACT or SAT scores!

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at Huntington East Boise! With the New Year comes exam prep season, as the ACTs and SATs come in rapid-fire fashion over the next several months. Now is the time to prepare to improve those ACT or SAT scores!

February 8, 2020March 14, 2020
April 4, 2020April 9, 2020 (School-administered SAT)
June 13, 2020May 2, 2020
June 6, 2020

If you’re a sophomore in high school, you still have plenty of time to plan out which test to take and when. But if you’re a junior, the time is now!

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Plan on taking multiple SATs or ACTs

In the current climate of competition for college, students should plan on taking two to three actual ACTs or SATs. Planning for multiple tests takes stress away from any single exam. With test anxiety looming large for many students, anything that depressurizes is valuable. In addition, since colleges generally expect students to submit multiple scores, there is no disadvantage to taking a test once vs. taking it three times.

Superscoring can be a game changer

Not only is there no real disadvantage, there is also a very real potential advantage to taking a test two or three times. Many schools across the country superscore the SAT or ACT.

Superscoring involves taking the highest verbal and math scores a student has earned over multiple tests and putting them together to make a new composite. For example, let’s say Alexis takes three SATs, and her scores on each test are posted below.

SAT #1600 verbal590 math1190 total
SAT #2650 verbal580 math1230 total
SAT #3610 verbal650 math1260 total

Alexis managed to improve her overall score each time she took the test, which is great! However, if Alexis applies to a school that superscores, that school would look at the highest verbal score, 650, and the highest math score, also a 650, and treat Alexis as though she had scored a 1300 on the test. That’s a 40-point increase!

Superscoring generally gives students a higher composite score than they have achieved on any individual test, and, as many schools use this scoring method, it gives students even more reason to plan on taking the test more than once.

You’re not in this alone!

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Of course, the best way to maximize a student’s score is to provide an expert for her/him to work with. At Huntington, we partner with students on their educational journeys, helping them learn the skills and strategies needed to improve their SAT or ACT scores. And with the next ACT about a month away and the next SAT about ten weeks away, now is the best time to formulate a plan to increase that score!

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