When should I take the SAT/ACT?

Students are highly recommended to take the SAT or ACT at least once by the end of their junior year, preferably twice.  If a student is in band, it is imperative that they take the SAT or ACT at the end of their junior year due to conflicts between competitions and test dates during the fall.  Students should consider taking the test more than once as colleges will mix and match and take the best scores from each exam.  They will not mix between SAT and ACT, rather between each SAT exam and ACT exam for the better total score.