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Dealing with the SAT


It is said that SAT is easy once you know how to deal with it. That is true, but is easier said than done because it means different things to different people. Folks will go about it in their multifarious ways although the objectives are primarily the same – to attain a score that meets their college admission requirements. So what exactly should dealing with the SAT ideally come down to?

Dealing with the SAT basically entails how you view it, the way you treat it and what you put into it. Although these 3 elements are interrelated, it helps to contemplate them individually to see how each stacks upon your overall outlook.

SAT Education

The SAT should never be viewed as an ancillary item on your high school resume. It may not be as obvious or explicit, but insofar as college admissions are concerned, the truth is your SAT score is every bit as significant as your GPA, ECA, awards, testimonials and so forth. College admittance decisions are known to be typically made on a holistic basis so ultimately, every factor in your application bundle counts.

A stipulated SAT score is a criterion for admission to most universities in the US especially the brand names. It’s a checkpoint item at some stage for all college aspirants and should be treated as such. The first step to that is charting out a schedule for its pursuit and stick to it. Regrettably, folks tend to push it to the backburner whenever there’s a conflict of bandwidth demand, to give way to some other classroom studies.

What you put into the SAT will proportionally determine what you get out of it; that’s a hard reality of the test. You’ll realize soon enough that your score won’t lie about it either. If your efforts in SAT prep have been sub-par, your results of it will be sub-standard in tandem.

Indeed, the SAT is easy once you know how to deal with it. That’s straightforward enough but you have to learn it first. It is easy only if you make it so.

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  • SAT Score Choice


    SAT test scores One of the most distinctive features of the SAT is Score Choice. This is an option whereby test takers can choose test scores to be sent to the colleges or universities that they have applied for. According to the College Board, SAT Score Choice is meant to ease the stress and pressure in taking the test. There are also hidden downsides to that so students should consider Score Choice carefully.

    Without Score Choice, all scores will be sent by default. Colleges cannot withdraw test scores directly from the College Board without the consents of the takers but they do have the prerogative to decline applications if Score Choice is not in line with their admission policies. Some colleges require complete score reports: all scores from all tests.

    Without Score Choice at the time of registration for the test, up to 4 score reports can be sent directly to your designated schools free of charge. Additional reports which are ordered later and those with Score Choice are subject to a fee. Also, by sending registration score reports, recipient colleges can have your SAT results as early as possible and they view this positively, which may well have a bearing on the outcome of your application.

    There are many who believe that Score Choice can weaken your application. No one knows for sure if colleges can know if Score Choice was used. In any case, you shouldn’t risk assuming that they don’t. Theoretically, there’s no direct way schools will know if you used Score Choice but it’s obviously not difficult for them to find out indirectly. Furthermore, your own high school knows, and the majority of high schools would provide complete information to all concerned colleges.

    The ‘safety net’ of Score Choice can induce complacency too. Anyway, if somehow you fumbled, you ought to know and just cancel the sitting, preferably at the test centre. Folks should prepare earnestly for their SAT’s instead of focusing on concealing poor scores. In Penang SAT Prep is always undertaken seriously – we know about ‘super-scoring’ by many colleges and we also know about cost.

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