SAT Basic Info

SAT PenangFinally got another SAT Prep course going. This one’s particularly gratifying; it took quite a bit to happen. As usual, I rolled out Session 1 with Intro and Basic Info and as usual, the class got sedated. Although pleased that the class did come alive after we went on to more swag stuff like College Board’s Question-of-the-Day, I do have things to say about SAT Basic Info.

While learning SAT basic information will not directly help your score, it is necessary lest you would be taking the test half blind. I will illustrate this hypothesis for the respective main stages of your SAT journey: Pre-SAT, Taking the SAT and Post-SAT.


The plan and decisions you make on your SAT even before taking it can only be as good as the basic info you know. You’ll need to schedule and register your test date, without conflict with other events that are beyond your control such as SAT Subject Tests, school exams and so forth. Target score, number of sittings and prep courses are but a few of the other factors pinned on the SAT basic info that you have.

Taking the SAT

Apart from correctly answering the test questions per se, there’s much else. For example, you wouldn’t even be allowed entry without your admission ticket and an approved photo-id. Furthermore, if you show up looking vastly different from the photo in your registration, it’s the prerogative of the proctor to reject you. The calculator you bring must also be SAT-legit.

Post SAT

Not quite as obvious but just as pertinent, SAT basic info on score reports can hit you big time. Score Choice doesn’t sit evenly with all schools so remember to micro-check on that. While some colleges/universities don’t support it, others will even super-score for you. You can also cancel your scores from record if you feel ‘ominous’ by making the request on the spot right after the test or writing in before the following Wednesday.

There are countless more cases in point but you get the idea so do yourself justice. That’s just SAT.

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