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“Partnering with NCSA—the leader in helping families navigate the college athletic recruiting process—is extremely exciting for Method Test Prep because it will enable us to help many more student-athletes score higher on the ACT and SAT.”

– Tom Ehlers, Founder and President of Method Test Prep

When should you take the SAT or ACT? To get an edge in the recruiting process, NCSA recommends student-athletes take the SAT or ACT at the beginning of their junior year of high school. Getting verified standardized test scores early helps coaches decide which student-athletes to track and actively recruit. Plus, many colleges and universities have application deadlines during early November of your senior year. Taking your standardized tests during the early days of your junior year gives you plenty of time to retake the tests and get the best score you possibly can.

Once you receive the first round of test scores, you will have a clear idea of which areas to improve on. NCSA recommends student-athletes take the SAT or ACT again as a junior if they are looking to build on their scores. The key to taking and retaking the SAT or ACT is understanding what scores you need to be eligible and accepted into your school of choice.

The NCAA uses a combined SAT test score to determine eligibility. They add up your math plus reading scores to find the combined score. For the ACT, your English, math, reading and science scores are combined to create the ACT Sum Score.

To calculate your final score, the NCAA uses the best scores from each section of the SAT and/or the ACT. This means taking the tests multiple times can give you an advantage. If you earn high marks for English and reading the first time, you’ll know to focus on math and science the next time to bring up your combined score. According to the College Board, more than 50% of students boost their score by retaking the SAT. The ACT reports similar findings. Academics are very important to college coaches. Taking and retaking

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