What are the Pros and Cons of the September ACT?

Taking the ACT right at the beginning of a new school year presents some challenges but also abundant opportunities. Many 12th graders will jump at the chance to test in September. Some 11th graders might want to do the same. Does taking the ACT in September make sense?

High school teachers haven’t started pouring on work yet
Easier to prepare over the summer than during the school year
Perfect follow-up for students who were close but not quite on target on the spring ACTs
May be the last chance to reach target scores before Early Action/Admission deadlines
Ideal opportunity for rising juniors to get a head start on testing

Fall sports will interfere with prep and testing
Some students may still be recovering from summer brain drain

Rising 11th graders who got an early jump on summer prep
12th graders who still need their best scores

All in all, September presents a perfect opportunity for students who plan ahead to start their school year strong by acing the ACT. This test date attracts juniors and seniors alike, so register early and prep in advance.


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