Your Sophomore year is all about test prep 

Senior year is all about applying for and getting accepted into the college of your choice. Junior year is about building your academic resume and taking the SAT or ACT exam. So, what does that mean for your sophomore year? 

Why start prepping for the SAT or ACT in your sophmore year? 

Your sophomore year of high school is all about taking the right types of classes for college and getting a better understanding of what is needed to be prepared for a secondary education. Sophomore year is also a great time to prepare for the SAT or ACT exam and approach your academic future at a much more leisurely pace. By preparing for the exam early, you can reduce your stress level junior year, allow for more potential test dates, and eliminates the idea of cramming for the exam. 


SAT/ACT becomes second nature…

If you start prepping for the SAT/ACT your sophomore year, by the time you take the exam your junior year of high school, the test should become second nature. Over the span of your sophomore and junior year, you can make sure to check off all the boxes on the SAT/ACT checklist. You can:

  • Take numerous practice tests to get a feel for the exam
  • Work at a much more relaxed pace because you have plenty of time
  • Figure out your strengths and work through your weaknesses when it comes to question types
  • Better understand any timing issues when it comes to the exam
  • Get a feel for how you will perform on test day
  • Potentially increase your score because you are so prepared

This additional time to study will allow you to iron out all of the kinks when it comes to the exam and be as ready as possible to succeed and do well. 


Your stress level will be much more manageable…

Prepping for the SAT/ACT exam your sophomore year will help to significantly reduce your stress and make the process less overwhelming. With each practice test and study session, you are mastering the exam at a much more relaxed pace, which will allow you to enter the actual SAT/ACT exam with nothing but confidence and focus. This idea takes into consideration the mindset of breaking items into smaller pieces; the age-old advice of taking things “one step at a time” to reduce stress and focus on the task at hand. 


Preparing for the exam your sophomore year also provides you with the ability to take the exam more than one time, if needed. Once again, being prepared will reduce your stress and create the optimal testing session. 


School, test prep, life balance…

Most students are studying for the SAT/ACT exam their junior year of high school. They are also balancing school life with a much more demanding course load. If you begin to study for the exam your sophomore year, you are allowing for a school-test prep balance that will make your life easier. By allowing more time sophomore year to better understand the exam and prepare, you are making sure that your junior year of high school is not so overwhelming that you can’t enjoy time with friends and family. 

1-Year Study plan advice…

Essentially, studying for the SAT/ACT your sophomore year allows you to enjoy your high school experience and not stress over a test that is vital to the college application process. Even though the test is a life-altering exam, you have given yourself ample time to prepare while also getting to truly enjoy your time in high school.

If, you aren’t quite sure how to create a study plan for the SAT/ACT, take a look at this 1-year study plan. If you follow the outline presented in the blog and begin studying your sophomore year, you will be 110% ready for the exam your junior year.

How can MINDSPIRE help with your student?

At MINDSPIRE, we provide tutoring and test prep that is tailored to specific learning styles and individual needs. If you are interested in getting a tutor for any standardized exam, contact us or give us a call at 844-537-PREP (7737).

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