May SAT scores are out today! Some of you may be registered for June. Others of you may be trying to decide whether or not to register for June, for the fall, or stick with the scores you have. Here are a few thoughts:
- Bad news first: If you haven’t been thinking about the SAT since May, you’re unlikely to have a significant change for June (unless you didn’t do any prep for May, or got scores that were different from the range you had been getting in practice). Note that I didn’t say it’s impossible—just unlikely. Don’t let this stop you from taking it if you’re signed up, but do start thinking about a long-term study plan for fall.
- If your scores are well within the range for the colleges you’re interested in—you’ve probably done what you need to. If you’re thinking of taking the SAT or ACT again, think about your motivations. Remember that colleges care about a lot of other factors as well. And regardless, you can relax: you’ve gotten the scores you need!
- If you’re not reaching your target, are ready to work, and believe you can improve, start thinking about taking the test in the fall. Fall test dates are fine, even for early decision. That gives you the summer to work on the skills you need and to practice question types.
- If you’re registered for June and have been working consistently, use the scores from May as an additional piece of information to help you prep. Is there a particular area that you need to address? If you’ve been continuing to prepare since May, you’re likely to be in better shape.
- if you took the SAT and have never thought about the ACT (but aren’t happy with your SAT score): Try an ACT practice test! If it goes better for you, then consider prepping for the ACT instead.
- Finally, remember that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to taking these tests. Do what is right for you and your situation.