9-1-15 PREPPING FOR THE SAT AND ACT 2017 grads should be looking ahead to this year's SAT and ACT tests. With the newly revised SAT debuting in April, I suggest that juniors sign up for a fall/winter SAT so they can establish a baseline score. Depending on how that turns out, you can plan on retaking the SAT in late spring. Ideally, with the new test, your scores will be even higher!
I always recommend taking the ACT as well unless you achieve a near perfect score on the SAT. Some students find they do better because of the format of the ACT, and it never hurts to cover all your bases!
There are many ways to prepare for the SAT or ACT, however, you may want to take the first test with just a run through of the sample on the web site and a good night's sleep. Try not to stress because if you take the test early enough, you'll have plenty of time to identify any areas of weakness and then develop a game plan for addressing them before you take the test again!
10-1-15 KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK When it comes to your college search, it's very easy to find yourself "stuck." In other words, you've sent out letters (or heaven forbid, emails, because that's a sure-fire way to get stuck) and maybe you've had some responses such as invitations to camps or questionnaires to fill out. Some coaches may even have indicated a general interest. But not much else has happened.
It's fine when you're a sophomore or junior to take a wait-and-see attitude. But if you're a senior, and it's early October, you can no longer afford to be casual about this. With most college coaches at this point in the year, if they are truly interested in recruiting you, you should be having dialogues that are designed to move you toward a commitment.
You need to start reaching out to all the coaches who have shown interest. Ask them where they are with recruiting, if you're a serious prospect and if so, what your next steps should be. If you're not getting specific interest, you may want to target some new colleges to contact and take a long look at your options. Asking the right questions is the first step toward getting the answers you need to allow you to either move ahead or move in the direction of another college and another team!