Since there is no penalty for taking the SAT numerous times you are able to take it as many times as you would like.
most students take the test 2-3 times.
you would take the test for the first time in the early spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year.
There are tons of SAT prep options available and choosing the right option depends on your preferred method of study and how much improvement is needed.
I would suggest taking a practice test.
You can download a free test from College Board at http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-practice-test
Once you have scored the test you can determine your area of weakness and begin your studying there.
If you have an idea of what schools you are interested in attending,
visit their website to see what their admissions requirements are.
This will help you gauge how many points you need to improve your score by.
ask yourself how do you best study?
Do you need the motivation and accountability that a classroom course provides or do you the dedication necessary to use a self-study program.
The cost of SAT prep can range anywhere from $20 to over $1000.
When deciding which options are best here a few questions to ask:
What are the requirements for their instructors?
To really improve your score,
you need an instructor who has taken the SAT and done well.
Look for instructors that that have scored in the top percentiles on the SAT.
PowerScore SAT Prep has the highest instructor standards in the industry - requiring all of their instructors to have scored in the 95th percentile or above on an College Board administered SAT.
Do they use real or simulated SAT questions?
Watch out—some companies use fake practice tests that they make themselves.
PowerScore only uses real SAT practice tests from College Board,
the creators of the test.
We do not use simulated practice SATs because it is not a true guage of how you will do on the actual test.
it is not helpful for you to practice with questions that are not as close to the real test as possible.
Do they have a score increase guarantee and how does it work?
These courses are expensive,
so look for some type of guarantee that your score will improve.
students typically study about 3 months prior to the test.
Keep in mind that the more work you are able to put in,
the better your score will be.
I hope this helps!