By PATRICK MCNAMARA
Junior year of high school can be very busy: Academics ramp up, students may take on leadership roles in extracurricular activities, and then there’s the college admissions process. It may be tempting to push off college admissions tests — the SAT or ACT — but there are several reasons why it makes sense for your teen to complete the test in his or her junior year of high school.
The college admissions process is a long road, and when your child should take the test will depend on their unique circumstances, such as academic schedule, extracurricular activities, and any other personal responsibilities. For example, if your student participates in a competitive sport or activity, scheduling the test during the time probably does not make sense. Fortunately, the SAT and ACT are each offered seven times per year, offering some flexibility for each student’s needs.