Q&A: SAT and ACT
Q:WHAT is a standardized test?
A:Because students vary so much by GPA, extracurricular activities and essay responses, it's difficult to compare them when determining admissions by these means. Standardized tests level the playing field and admissions officers can really get a good sense of how students compare to their peers with the test scores. The two standardized test options that students have are the SAT and the ACT. These are used in addition to GPA, extracurriculars and other application components when determining admission.
Q:Which test should I take?
A:Both – but only do this once. When you get your scores, you'll see which you did better on and that's where you need to focus your test prep study energy.
Q:When should I take the test?
A:Each test has a practice version. The SAT practice version is known as the PSAT/NMQST and the ACT is known as the PLAN. Take these your sophomore year of high school. Take your initial SAT and ACT in the fall of your junior year. And then study intensely for your preferred test and take in the spring, summer and fall of your senior year.
Q:Why should I take this so many times?
A:Results show that the more a student takes the test, the better they do. However, if your test score the second time around is similar to your first and you had done a great deal to prepare, chances are, you've hit your test score plateau and testing again won't yield much better results.
Q:Where can I sign up for the test?
+100There are many parts of a successful college application, the most important of which is high school grades. The second most important part is the SAT score. The SAT is typically taken in junior and senior years (it is typically taken twice). The key to getting a higher SAT score is working early, slowly, and consistently. No student should have to ...Published 6 months ago | Rated: +100
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+30Q: “I get so nervous before a test. What can I do?” A: “The first time I took the SAT, I was so nervous, I couldn’t even remember what year it was,” says Lindy Robinson, who graduated in 2005 from the Detroit Country Day School in Michigan. “I’m not kidding! My hands began to shake right before time was called, and ...Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +30
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+16Glancing up from my exam, I noticed two of my classmates handing in their blue books to the professor and leaving the classroom. We were only fifteen minutes into the testing period. Were they already giving up without a struggle? I was amazed that at least a third of the class hadn’t even bothered to show up. Several tardy students were ...Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +16
+351. Take it again. Some colleges will accept the higher score. Some will combine your scores for the best possible number. If you didn’t do as well as you could have on the SAT or ACT, call your prospective college for advice: Should you retake it? If the college rep says you may be eligible for more scholarships or a better ...Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +35
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