What to Consider When Building Your Summer Test Prep Calendar

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With summer vacation right around the corner, now is a great time to start planning a schedule for summer test preparation. If your student is planning on taking the SAT or ACT, spending extra time during the summer break is a great way to squeeze in more practice and improve their scores. Here are Tutor Doctor's tips for your student's summer test prep calendar!

Sign up for a test prep course or work with a tutor. Working with a test-prep expert is always a good decision, and personalized one-to-one instruction can help identify your student's individual areas that require more practice. Tutor Doctor is proud to offer specialized test preparation programs, and our tutors are well-versed in both the SAT and ACT exams. These exams aren't challenging only because of the academic content – test taking skills themselves (from knowing how to budget time to efficiently checking your work) are extremely important as well. For instance, students often lose points by getting hung up on difficult questions. More often than not, this time is better spent going through the test section and answering the easy questions first. Helpful tips like these often lead to considerable score increases, as improving your test-taking strategies is a surefire way to optimize your performance on the SAT or ACT. Click here to learn more about Tutor Doctor's test prep programs.


Practice a little bit each day. You can get a whole bunch of practice in just by spending a few minutes each day. Whether you are working from a guide or directly from the exam itself, practicing one or two questions each day can help students to familiarize themselves with the type of questions they can expect to see on these tests. SAT/ACT vocabulary flashcards are also a great choice, especially for students that want more practice in language arts. There are also daily practice apps available for your mobile device, so you can even do a little bit of prep on the go!

Take at least 3 practice tests – one per month. For each month of your summer break, we recommend taking a full-fledged practice exam. Whether you are planning to take the SAT or the ACT, both testing organizations provide practice tests online for free. Time yourself according to the official test length guidelines to get an accurate idea of what sections may need revisiting. The answers themselves are all provided as well, so you can immediately check your score afterwards and analyze the results. Here are some helpful links:

Official SAT Practice Tests
Official ACT Practice Tests

Familiarize yourself with test dates. Both the SAT and the ACT require students to register in advance, so keep an eye out for upcoming deadlines. Here are some important dates we recommend marking down on your calendar:

Important SAT Test Dates:
July 26, 2019: Registration deadline for the August 24th exam.
September 6, 2019: Registration deadline for the October 5th exam.

Important ACT Test Dates:
June 14, 2019: Registration deadline for the July 13th exam.*
August 16, 2019: Registration deadline for the September 14th exam.

*This date is not offered in certain states, so be sure to check the full test date schedules below.

Spending time towards test preparation can have a considerable impact on a student's scores. From all of us here at Tutor Doctor, we wish you the best of luck! For more information about our convenient in-home test preparation programs, click here.

CollegeBoard.org: Full SAT Test Dates
ACT.org: Full ACT Test Dates

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