Parents, there are many milestones during the college admissions process. One of the more important ones is the high school junior year, or "11th grade," as we used to call it back in my day. Although some sophomores ("10th graders") take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test), the majority of high schoolers take it in the fall of their junior year, mainly in October.

Of course there are other standardized tests to consider prepping for: the SAT, Subject Tests, and the ACT. As the test prepper Mark Greenstein of Ivy Bound Test Prep explains, "Why winter of Junior year is often TOO LATE to start SAT Prep!" That may run counter to the popular conventional wisdom out there about gearing up for your son's or daughter's best shot at some of these critical admission qualifiers.

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