Testing Strategies for Younger Students

April 8, 2020

Many times, I will get the response “I didn’t know that my 6th grade student could take the SAT” or “I thought only high school students could take the SAT and ACT test.”

There are no grade restrictions or age restrictions for taking the SAT and ACT tests. (Parents, you could take the test with your student, if you wanted…)

If your student is younger than 13, then parents are required to fill out a special form in order to sit for the test. If the student is age 13 or above, then students (with the parents help) can fill out the online reservation forms. There is a strategic time of the year to take these tests which is typically December -February.  

  • Why should you and your student consider taking the test in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade?
    The primary reason is to get on the college’s radar early.

A while back I had a conversation with Alex and his parents. Alex was a junior in high school. After a few questions, I found out that Alex had a younger brother, Noah, who was in 7th grade at the time. I asked if they heard about these programs for middle school and junior high school students. They had not. After explaining how the program works and why they should consider it. They decided to let their 7th grader Noah, sit and take the SAT test.

Alex, the older brother was admitted to college and got a nice scholarship package. However, because we had more time and started early the results were much better for the younger student. When Noah applied to colleges and was admitted, his results were much stronger as he was sitting on THREE FULL RIDE Scholarships in his senior year of high school. Because he took the test early and did okay on the test, not great, that gave him a confidence boost that carried over into high school. He got on the college’s radar early, did his job with getting great grades and followed AZCollegePlanning.com’s program. This is how he earned those amazing scholarship packages.

If your student is a good academic student and is a 6th, 7th or 8th grade student, consider taking the SAT or ACT test. The student doesn’t have to do great on the test, he/she just needs to do well in one section.

  • Should your student prep before taking these tests?
    The answer is absolutely YES. Getting the minimum score to get on the college’s radar early is one of the keys to open the doors to obtaining the coveted Full-Ride Scholarship. We have a program to help student earn the scores needed.

If you would like to learn more about this, about taking the tests early and about our programs please contact us at 1-888-237-2087 x2. Also check out the website www.AZCollegePlanning.com for more information.

Did you know that Arizona State University starts tracking students as early at 2nd grade? Yes, they have programs for 2nd grade students.

The earlier you start on this process, the better and easier to obtain great results.

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