The goals of the ACT and SAT are the same: to gauge readiness for college. We recommend taking either or both tests to show your college readiness. There are many benefits of taking these exams even if you don’t end up submitting your score on your college application.

Why Take SAT/ACT?

State Requirements

25 states require SAT or ACT scores as part of high school graduation requirements. Check with your high school counselor to determine if your state requires a score from one of these two tests. California is a TEST OPTIONAL state


Merit Based Scholarships

Many colleges, including test optional schools, will use SAT or ACT scores to award merit scholarships for incoming students. If you do well on the test, your scores could benefit your financial aid greatly!


Other Scholarships

Research shows up to 60% of scholarships require an SAT or ACT score to be submitted as part of the application process. 

Increase odds of admissions

There are millions of students applying to US colleges every year. You should be as competetive as possible to increase your odds of admissions.

When to take SAT/ACT

Ideally you want to practice vigorously and take the tests by the fall of your junior year and retake again if you desire a highre score.

Prep Classes

There are a number of reasons you may want to take preparatory classes for these tests. Before you do, consult with The Specialist for guidance where and when to do so. 

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