We get this question a lot - should we be preparing for the ACT or SAT exams earlier on in high school as opposed to waiting until Junior year to take a test prep class? Well, that depends. Some students decide to take their PSAT exam as their first indication of what to do in preparation for other standardized tests that will be a more important factor in their college applications. That means waiting until sophomore or junior year to get a baseline. And, for most students, this is the right path. Many students are busy with keeping their grades up, time management between activities and academics, and it makes sense to push this until later. If you know your student has generally tested well on standardized tests in the past, this may make the most sense.
However, if you are worried about the student as a test taker, we suggest taking a diagnostic practice test during or just after 9th grade to see whether the additional practice, earlier, would make sense. This might mean sitting down for the Khan Academy SAT test offered free or the many resources and practice exams that are likely found at your local library. The diagnostic practice test will help indicate if there's a need for additional tutoring/test prep studies that need to occur outside of the usual school work preparation.
For all students, consider the following:
College, Graduate School, and Career Coaching.