What are the Pros and Cons of the February ACT?

The first ACT of the calendar year lands during a relatively quiet month for high school students. Does this make February a good time to take the ACT?

Doesn’t conflict with many major academic or extracurricular events
Offers an excellent opportunity to finish testing before spring arrives

January midterms and college visits during February Break may impede preparation

11th graders who have time to prep or who didn’t reach their targets in December
11th graders looking at a very busy spring

All in all, the shortest month of the year can have an outsize impact on college admissions for those students able to schedule for the February ACT. Just plan carefully if your school schedules an extended break around Presidents’ Day.


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