Last year,tThe College Board recently got into a lot of hot water when it revealed a plan to offer the SAT in August — but only for students enrolled in an exclusive $4,500 Princeton Review prep course at Amherst College. In the end, the College Board rightly decided to cancel the exclusive summer program. However, many thought what they really should have done was make a summer SAT test available to everyone.
A summer test date would be an unequivocal gain to over-stressed high school students everywhere. Currently there are no test dates between the first weekend in June and the first weekend in October, so most students take the SAT sometime in the spring of their junior year. Students aiming for more competitive schools also have to take SAT Subject Tests, which are given on the same few weekends each spring. If the students aren’t satisfied with their scores by June, they’re faced with a four month hiatus before they can take the test again. And the worst part is the next test date — October — doesn’t even get their scores back before they have to send off applications for Early Decision or Early Action schools.
A summer test date would let them let students take advantage of a time when they’re less distracted by school and would help them make more informed decisions about Early Decision and Early Action applications.
Summer test dates would also benefit students who can’t afford prep courses and need to prepare on their own, since they will have more time to take practice tests and use the growing variety of excellent practice resources available. Also, many institutions, such as Lee Academia and many others that help economically disadvantaged students prepare for the SAT would be able to build better programs for their students during the summer.
So why hasn’t College Board implemented a summer SAT already? The most commonly cited reason is logistics: it would be difficult for schools to staff and run a test when they aren’t in session. But most schools have a variety of programs, including summer school, happening during the summer. Ultimately schools could quite easily find ways to overcome logistical obstacles.
Juniors already have so many priorities to balance. A summer SAT date would help mitigate the stress of junior year by giving students another shot when they have time to properly prepare.
Lee Academia offers SAT programs during the summer that continue into the month of September to prepare students for their October exam. Contact for more information.
Stephenie, having been a tutor/instructor/mentor since 1996, discovered her passion and founded Lee Academia Educational Consulting, LLC. after she left the dental and medical field. She loves teaching/mentoring and counseling her students. Her passion lies in educating others and helping them pursue their educational path. Today, certified in College Counseling and with more than 10 years of experience, Stephenie and her team continues to blog about current updated educational news and events.
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