Registration Deadline GraphicWhether you know your teen’s past SAT scores or not – March 5 test results will be released on May 10 – you’re wondering should your teen retake? (Deadline for registration is this Friday. Late registration is April 26.)

  1. PSAT scores can also provide a gauge for college selection. If your teen took the PSAT this past October, you can easily use those scores as a benchmark.

If your teen did any test prep, add at least 50 points to the PSAT scores, in each section. Hopefully you have a list of ‘target schools’ and ‘reach schools’. Where do those scores land? For example, if they are 50 – 100 points below a first choice school, then taking the test again is a no-brainer. A great tool is to help in this process.

Having a particular college it’s a great motivator especially when you KNOW how many points are needed to add to the scores.

  1. Do you know about merit scholarships? Merit scholarships are NOT based on financial need are heavily influenced by test scores. For example, one of my students whose first choice school was Miami University of Ohio, raised her ACT scores to 32 (average ACT scores are typically 27-28) and received a $60,000 merit scholarship.

State schools need money and some are even taking more out of state students than in state. Clearly, providing merit aid is a win-win for both the school and the out of state student. For example, the Universities of Vermont and Delaware take over 60% out of state!

Again, go to and look what the scores are at the target schools. Plan to raise prior scores to at least the 90+ percentile for those schools so your teen  can be a viable candidate for their merit scholarships.

  1. This is particularly relevant if your teen took the old SAT. Definitely take the new SAT NOW! I believe it to be a bit easier than the former incarnation, especially in the reading and writing/language. If your teen is a strong math student, it is much more ‘mathematical’ than the old SAT, so again it may be more appealing. Also, and probably more important and relevant to all juniors who have taken the PSAT, old or redesigned SAT, your teen has more reading experiences and maturity since the last taking of a test, especially the PSAT – major factors for effective test-taking.
  1. The vast majority of students take the SAT (or ACT) a minimum of two times, often three times. If your teen can get the testing phase of the college admissions process done before senior year, it will take a great load off. Not only will that be one less ‘must do’ fall of senior year, but it makes the college application process so much easier to navigate.

So you now realize you have a teen who will be taking the SAT May 7 or June 4?

Former students: They only need a few lessons of brush-up.

New students – number of lessons based on score goal potential. This is calculated by taking our Mandatory SAT Skill Set and Mindset Assessments.

I look forward to connecting with you and learning more about your teen! 301.299.4380.


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