By Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.   –   Published September 2014

With the new school year just starting, rising juniors and seniors are turning their thoughts to college. In addition to juggling challenging academic workloads, logging volunteer hours, and participating in sports and extra curriculars, one important concern is achieving the highest scores possible on standardized admissions tests. All college-bound students need to take the SATs. But when should your student take the test?

It is recommended that students initially sit for the exam in their junior year, preferably the March date or later. By that time in the school year, much of the content area of the test will have been covered in the school curriculum. This will also allow time to receive scores and retake the tests on an upcoming date of the current school year, which is May and June.

As a senior, it is advised that a student retake the October or November tests, at the latest, to be sure that college application deadlines for the following fall are met.

What is the SAT, exactly? The SAT test is really just a set of tools designed to assess a student’s academic readiness for college. The test is designed to reflect what colleges and universities are looking for today in prospective students, and measure the skills required for success in the quickly changing 21st century.

Of course, with so much at stake, preparing for the test is crucial. Although SAT prep “classes” abound, they may or may not address a student’s individual weaknesses and areas for improvement.

A better solution is a completely customized, 1-on-1 approach that focuses on those specific areas. At Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, students may take any or all content areas to strengthen their knowledge, reduce anxiety, and build confidence every step of the way. They will learn strategies specific to the SAT test, timing techniques and have the opportunity to take and review practice tests.

Since 1985, the experienced and degreed instructors at Back to Basics Learning Dynamics have worked as a team to customize and tailor 1-on-1 sessions to meet the unique needs and abilities of each student.

The result? A more confident, prepared student, plus higher SAT scores!

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Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.

Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. is President and Director of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., an area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring and test prep for children and adults, and translating/interpreting since 1985. In addition, Back to Basics is a Department of Education approved 1-on-1 Private School for K-12, as well as a Business and Trade School for ages 16+.
Email Beverly at, call her at (302)594-0754 or visit on the web at or

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. is located on 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington.

Beverly Stewart inducted to Hall of Fame of Delaware Women