Standardized Testing & Preparation
The best preparation for standardized testing occurs every day within the classrooms at Trinity Valley School as students develop their ability to think, write, analyze and solve problems. While a number of colleges have moved toward test-optional admission policies, many colleges and universities still require standardized testing as one component of the college application.
We suggest that every Trinity Valley School student take both the SAT with Essay and the ACT with Writing in the spring of junior year. The student can then compare his or her scores, determine which test is a better reflection of his or her abilities, and take that test again over the summer or in the fall of senior year. Please see our recommended testing timeline below with our suggested testing dates in bold.
SAT with Writing
December, March, May, or June
|ACT with Writing|
December, February, April, or June
|SAT Subject Tests (optional, discuss with counselor)|
May or June (cannot be taken on the same date as the SAT)
Retake SAT with Writing and/or additional Subject Tests
August, October, November, or December
Retake ACT with Writing and/or additional Subject Tests
September, October, or December