Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
    (1964-1969)
  • Stanford University
    (1969-1984)
  • Princeton University
    (1988-2003)

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    (1966-1977)
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    (1977-1987)
    International Office Director
    (1987-2002)

Spring Juniors vs Fall Seniors

Karl Schellscheidt

eprep test prep videoEvery year I meet a lot of kids who prepare for, and try their best on, an SAT or two during the spring of their junior year. When they get results they are not happy with, they panic or start to doubt themselves.

I always tell them not to panic or begin to doubt themselves. “It is the rare student who crushes the SAT junior year.” Most (like me back in 1985) will have to wait until senior year.

Trust me: There is a big difference between a spring junior and a fall senior. The six months between the middle of spring junior year and the middle of fall senior year is an amazing period of time. Seniors are the big shots in school or on campus; they are confident, on top of their game, and much better equipped to handle a test like the SAT.

So . . . If you are a junior who has underperformed, don’t worry. Study a bit over the summer (and have some fun) and by the time December rolls around, you will have gotten the scores that better reflect your academic potential.

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