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By Tiffany Sorensen

有时,ACT和SAT考试者可能会发现自己面临着一个令人不快的决定,即是参加预定考试还是推迟考试。这是一个必须彻底仔细评估的选择。

最重要的是,学生和家长应该知道重新安排需要付费。大学董事会收取29.00美元的“变更费”,用于改变SAT考试日期。同样,更改ACT测试日期需要花费30美元。然而,当延误导致分数增加时,变更费被证明是一个很小的价格。

许多学生都乐于考虑重新安排SAT或ACT考试日期以获得更高的分数。这里有三个指标可以证明推迟考试日期对你有好处。

不可预见的承诺会极大地影响你的学习计划。即使你制定了一个看似铁板一块的学习计划,也可能会产生不可预见和不可避免的义务。个人事务,如严重疾病,或学术事务,如大学面试,可能会消耗你计划投资于考试准备的时间。

如果你的学习计划已经或将被一个不可避免的承诺中断,移动你的考试日期可能是正确的选择。保持一致和彻底的研究方案是优化标准化测试性能的关键。因此,考虑重新安排你的考试日期,使之成为一个你期望更少的承诺的时间。

From time to time, ACT and SAT test-takers may find themselves facing an unpleasant decision of whether to sit for a scheduled exam or postpone it. This is a choice that must be evaluated thoroughly and carefully.

First and foremost, students and parents should know that rescheduling incurs a fee. The College Board charges a $29.00 “change fee” for moving an SAT test date. Similarly, it costs $30.00 to change an ACT test date. However, the change fee proves to be a small price when delaying results in a score increase.

Many students have entertained the thought of rescheduling their SAT or ACT exam date in order to earn a higher score. Here are three indicators that delaying your test date could be beneficial to you.

An unforeseen commitment will dramatically affect your study schedule. Even when you create a seemingly ironclad study schedule, unforeseen and unavoidable obligations may arise. Personal matters, such as a serious illness, or academic matters, such as college interviews, can consume time that you planned to invest in test preparation.

If your study schedule has been or will be interrupted due to an inevitable commitment, moving your exam date may be the right choice. Maintaining a consistent and thorough study regimen is key to optimum standardized test performance. Therefore, consider rescheduling your exam date to a time when you anticipate fewer commitments.

Recent practice tests suggest that you are under prepared. If you recently took several ACT or SAT practice tests and earned a result well below your target score, think about rescheduling your exam date. A lower-than-expected score often indicates that a student is under prepared, in terms of either test-taking skills or content knowledge.

A point to be stressed here is that one low score is not a strong enough indicator of a need to postpone testing. A single poor performance could be attributed to distraction, lack of sleep or a variety of other causes. However, when you receive two or more low scores on practice tests, and all other factors have been accounted for, then it is reasonable to assume that you simply need more time to prepare.

As you assess your level of SAT or ACT readiness, also disregard the results of any practice tests you have taken more than a few months prior. Your most recent practice test scores are the most accurate predictors of your performance on test day.

You will use the extra time to obtain help for specific issues. It may be smart to change exam dates if you will capitalize on the extra time before the later test. How you spend the extra time will, of course, depend on what your weaknesses are.

Students who are weaker in the area of content knowledge could use the time to pursue a prep course or private instruction. Those who struggle more with issues like testing anxiety could seek professional counseling or practice relaxation techniques.

Bear in mind that if you do move your exam date, you must use the additional time wisely and in a way that directly addresses the issue. Delaying your test without taking the appropriate course of action is likely to produce the same undesired results.

If any of these three situations applies to you, you should consider postponing your scheduled ACT or SAT. Before selecting a new test date, however, weigh other important factors, such as college application deadlines and anticipated school workload.

 

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