For most students, it is best to take the ACT or SAT for the first time in the late winter/early spring of junior year. While students can take both exams, it is only necessary to take one. They are very different exams, and students are oftentimes better at one over the other, so knowing your strengths can help determine which test to do. Our students take the PSAT exams in October of junior year followed by an optional mock ACT in November, which helps us determine which exam you should stick to. If a student has done some test preparation, he or she should not have to take the exam more than twice.