Why Are There No Summer SATs?

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 6 2015 10:39 a.m. MDT

Writing for Time Magazine, Dan Edmonds advocates summer SAT exam dates for college students:

A summer test date would be an unequivocal gain to over-stressed high school students everywhere. Currently there are no test dates between the first weekend in June and the first weekend in October, so most students take the SAT sometime in the spring of their junior year. Students aiming for more competitive schools also have to take SAT Subject Tests, which are given on the same few weekends each spring. If the students aren’t satisfied with their scores by June, they’re faced with a four month hiatus before they can take the test again. Worse yet, the next test date — October — doesn’t even get their scores back before they have to send off applications for Early Decision or Early Action schools. A summer test date would let them let them take advantage of a time when they’re less distracted by school and would help them make more informed decisions about Early Decision and Early Action applications.

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