A question I’ve been getting a lot lately is whether to continue prep or just wait until the score comes back. There’s not actually a one-size-fits-all answer to the question, but I’ve got some questions for you to consider to help aid in your decision.
1. How did the test feel? How many questions are you reasonably certain you missed? Compare that to a scale in the back of your Official ACT Red book to see what your score may have been, preferably Practice Test 5’s scale. Of course the scales vary a little from test to test, but not significantly. Were you close to your score goal or do you have a ways to go?
2. Have you been prepping a long time and need a break? If you’ve been prepping a long time, it’s more likely that you’ll still remember what you’ve learned in the fall if you take a break, so it won’t be as hard to come back.
3. What does the rest of your Junior year look like? Are AP’s and Subject Tests already starting to overload you? Or are your grades pretty safe? Your junior year GPA is very important to admission to colleges, so taking a break to focus on those may be your best option. But if you have no intention of taking Subject Tests and feel comfortable with your grades, now may be a good time to prep through and just finish with your ACT before the fall tests.
4. What do you want the beginning of your Senior year to look like? Are you prepared to keep prepping then in case your score doesn’t come back quickly enough for you to improve it in June? There will be application essays and brag packets to fill out, and more time can always be spent researching colleges, excelling in your senior classes, or even with friends for your last year.
In short, if you have it in you and you feel like you’re in the phase where you’re still learning a lot from prep, it may be good to prep straight through to June and just be done with it.
If, on the other hand, you have been prepping a long time and need the extra time to study for the end of your Junior year, you may be better off waiting to hear your score and prepping towards the fall tests if need be.
As always, we are happy to help you reach your goals, whatever and whenever they may be!