By Jackie Bode-Steinke and Julie McComas, School Counselors
We are often asked, “When do you recommend students take the ACT?” Here are our general recommendations; there are always exceptions, but these guidelines work well for most students:
1st ACT: Take it in sophomore year, but consider it as practice. Early junior year would work for this practice test, too.
2nd ACT: Take April or June of junior year. This is when over 50 percent of testers get their highest score.
3rd ACT: Take again only if you are within three points of a college entrance requirement or a minimum score for a scholarship. Also, expect to study if you want to see improvement. Here is a great study site from our School Counseling webpages: http://tinyurl.com/p4yxuux.
Remember that students who enroll in College Readiness, which counts as a graduation requirement, will get to take the John Baylor ACT Test Prep course for free. We highly recommend that students wanting to have the option to attend a 2- or 4-year college take College Readiness in their junior year.
Students or parents who feel these general recommendations do not fit their circumstances are welcome to contact us.