Using Summertime for ACT/SAT Prep

What are you planning on doing this summer? Whether you’re staying in or traveling, you shouldn’t waste time when it comes to ACT and SAT prep! Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do even when you’re away from home or out and about enjoying the weather that will help you get ready for these exams. Here are tips for using the summertime for ACT/SAT prep.

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Start with a Study Schedule

A study schedule is a great idea when it comes to ACT and SAT prep, summer or not. Students should set aside time to specifically study content that comes up on the ACT and SAT, take practice tests, and review their answers. If the student plans on taking the essay, practice essays should also be completed. Since you most likely have a lot of free time this summer, you can set aside a a little extra time each week to prep.


Do you love reading? That’s actually a great way to prepare for either standardized test! They both have reading and writing sections, and nothing gets you ready for those questions and reading comprehension like actually reading does. This activity can also help you complete your essay as you will most likely have insight into events and literary references.

Whether you enjoy science fiction, nonfiction, or the news, reading at the beach or on your couch can give you the skills you need to stand out on your SAT and ACT. Just be sure you’re taking time to truly think about what you just read and not simply moving onto the next thing.

Make Flash Cards

Constantly on the go during the summer? You’re sure to get a few moments to yourself here and there. And the perfect thing to bring along: flash cards. You can create flash cards at home or use online tools such as downloaded and printed flash cards or an app. These generally include examples of SAT or ACT questions, but you can mix it up with whatever you think will help you best on the exams. This approach will help you prepare for the SAT and ACT whether you’re a passenger in the car on a road trip or waiting in line at a theme park.

Answer the Question of the Day

Each of the standardized tests offer a “Question of the Day.” The SAT has an app called “The Official SAT Question of the Day” and the ACT shares their question on their website and social media. And even if you’re taking the SAT, it’s okay to do the ACT question, too, or vice versa! The tests are very similar that most of the prep for one will help you prep for the other.

Using Summertime for ACT/SAT Prep

Summer is a time for relaxation, but that doesn’t mean you should completely put off your education or college prep. There are plenty of things you can do in your free time during this season that helps you prepare for the SAT or ACT, even if you only have a few moments here and there during your travels.

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