How Early Should I Begin Studying For The ACT / SAT?

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When it comes to ACT / SAT prep, there is no one answer as to when you should start studying. It depends on your studying style and the amount of time you can afford to allot every day or every week towards the ACT/SAT prep.

Marathon vs. Sprint Studying

You definitely do not want to start so early that you are totally sick and tired of it all by the time the test date rolls around. However, you do not want to leave the studying too late either or you run the risk of not having enough time to cover the portion.

A Few Months in Advance

So when is the best time to start? Experts recommend at least three to four months of prep for the first-time test taker.

This means juniors who are taking the ACT or SAT in the spring, should ideally start schedule their prep starting sometime during winter. High school sophomores scheduled to take the test in the fall, should create a study schedule starting in the summer.

Create a Personalized Study Schedule

How many hours of study you schedule every day will depend on your study style. You can either put in an hour of study every day of the week or if that does not work for you, you may want to keep your weekends for your ACT / SAT prep. Either method works very well as long as you start well in time and are committed to the schedule that you set.

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