AZDR Recruiting Primer: Get Those Tests Taken
( Note: As part of my effort to get back to the roots of what this website was designed to do, this is the first of an ongoing series of recruiting articles that you will see going forward. )
It’s that time of the year again where I am spending much of my time preparing for the upcoming AZDR Fall Showcase Workouts on October 4th and 11th.
A big part of this process is insuring that I have the proper information to provide to the coaches and scouts that will be attending these events and to post to player’s online profiles in the new AZDR Clubhouse database.
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the large number of senior athletes who have yet to take their SAT/ACT tests.
In 2016, 45% of the senior players who attended the AZDR Fall Showcase Workout had not taken the SAT or ACT.
That actually was a huge improvement from the prior year, when 76% of players had yet to test.
Keep in mind that we are less than 2 months away from the fall Early Signing Period for baseball players.
If you have not tested by this time, how do you expect coaches to truly evaluate you as a prospect for their program?
Remember also that the NCAA requires a qualifying test score for colleges to offer an official visit to a player.
So when should you take the tests?
If your school offers it, I’m a big believer that athletes should try to take the PSAT and PLAN tests in their sophomore years. The PSAT and PLAN tests serve as a “warmup” for the SAT/ACT, and will give students an idea of their readiness for the tests.
Note: for high achieving academic players, the PSAT is used to determine selection into the National Merit Scholarship Program, but it must be taken in the junior year.
I feel it is very important for baseball players to prepare themselves to take the SAT and/or ACT (I’m a big believer in taking both tests) in the fall or winter of their junior year.
The main reason for this is that once February comes around and baseball season begins, trying to schedule the tests becomes problematic. Players don’t want to miss Saturday practices or tournament games, and trying to adequately prepare to test during the baseball season is always a problem.
Oftentimes the SAT date in May is the first day of the state tournaments, with game times of 11:00 AM. The tests are normally administered on Saturday mornings.
In addition, the tests are offered one time each during the early part of June, but after that no tests are scheduled until September and October.
Remember, you can always retake the tests to improve your scores.
So why take both tests?
I’ve found in my 20 years of assisting players in their college search, that everyone is more comfortable with one format over the other. I believe in taking each test one time with some test prep, and then determining which format you prefer for test retakes.
The bottom line is, don’t let yourself get into a situation where you are scrambling to take these tests to meet the requirements of the NCAA and any potential colleges you may be considering.
Take the tests in the junior year, and retake as necessary to improve your scores.
See you at the yard. – RB