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Who Should Take the New August SAT?

New SAT Test Date in August Beginning in 2017

Every summer for over decade now, I’ve spent hours in a classroom convincing students they need to know the difference between profligate and promulgate, veracious and verisimilitude. For the first time, then, in a very long while, I will cease to torment summer students with such multisyllabic monstrosities. Another fixture of these summer SAT “boot camps” has been the following spiel:

      “Class, for the last two months we’ve been working at a skill that we’ve all honed. It’s much like training for a marathon. All of you have put in your running miles and are now ready for the big race. The problem, however, is that the big race is not until the first week in October. What’s going to happen is that your SAT muscles are going to shrink since life—school, hobbies, friends—will intrude on your SAT prep time. Therefore, to make sure all of this prep is not wasted, remember to sign up for the September extension program at the SAT school.”

Yes, that last part sounds a little mercenary, but I promise: I had, and continue to have, the students’ best interests in mind. The point is I will never again have to give the aforementioned spiel. That’s not because I forever swear of the indignities inherent in the phrase “SAT boot camp” but the SAT—for the first time ever—will now be offered in August (beginning in 2017).

Who Should Take the Summer SAT

It should be clear from this post who stands to benefit from this development: those who have spent summer diligently prepping. In fact, I’d argue that this summer set, who was prone to bouts of hebetude (oops, sorry. I’ll stop tormenting you), will now have a veritable fire lit under their collective keister. The day of reckoning is nigh!

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Who Should NOT Take the SAT in August

Who should NOT take this SAT are those who plan to prep off and on, thinking that it is best to get the test out of the way before the school year starts. To be sure, you’ll help to lower the curve for those who actually spend the dog days of summer hunched over an SAT prep book.

So this summer, whether you have the mettle of a championship marathoner and can commit to prepping alone or you need the guiding hand of someone of my teacherly ilk, you should seriously, seriously consider taking the SAT in August.

If you are in this group, hopefully you are not simply shrugging your shoulders, because I will launch into another labored metaphor about SAT prep and running a marathon… Did I tell you how the brain is like a muscle…

P.S. It’s also important to know that the new August SAT will be replacing the January SAT, so those of you who thought the cold, dark winter might be the best time to take the test, think again….

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

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