The SAT and ACT will likely be the longest exams your kid will ever sit through. Clocking in at 3 hours, 15 minutes for the SAT and 2 hours, 55 minutes for the ACT, they’re beasts.
And that’s the timing without the optional essay section for each.
The essays add 40 or 50 minutes of more time on the exams. On top of that, there’s an additional fee to take it. That doesn’t sound appealing, and it’s tempting to simply not register for that section of the test.
But before counting the essay out, learn about why your teen probably should tough it out and take on this section of the exam.