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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Sophomore Year

Consider taking the PSAT in October. Juniors typically take this pre-SAT test, but at plenty of high schools sophomores do as well. The test can provide an idea of how your child might fare with the SAT. By getting an assessment early, there is plenty of time to address a child’s weaknesses.

Take SAT Subject Tests. If a teenager is interested in schools that require SAT Subject Tests, he or she should try to take the relevant subject test right after completing the high school course. SAT Subject Tests are available in such courses as U.S. history, chemistry, mathematics, foreign languages, and molecular or ecological biology. Most schools don’t require these extra tests, but those that do may want scores in one to three subjects. ...

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