Posts Tagged ‘SAT’
A new study shows that 28% of students didn’t score high enough to meet any of the ACT standards for expected college success.
How well can a standardized test predict college success? Do schools need to improve or do the tests need to change?
Today, the students who took the March SAT will finally be able to refresh the CollegeBoard website and see their scores.
But now everybody’s wondering, “What does my score mean?”
According to College Board, SAT scores are on a scale from 200-800, with additional subscores for the essay (ranging from 2-12) and for multiple-choice writing questions (on a 20-80 scale). You probably knew that already, though.
So what you really want to know is what these scores mean to college admissions?
Here’s what CollegeBoard.com says about your score:
Your SAT scores tell college admissions how you did compared with other students who took the test. For example, if you scored close to the mean or average — about 500 on SAT critical reading and 500 on SAT mathematics — admissions staff would know that you scored as well as about half of the students who took the test nationally.
But this is also probably old news to you–of course your SAT score will help admissions officers see where you stand among your peers. You want to know what your SAT score means for your college search: Where can you get in? What’s a safety school? What’s a reach school?
While an SAT score can help you navigate your college options, it’s not the end-all be-all of your college career. If you score kinda low the first time, don’t get down on yourself, tear out all of your hair and announce to the world that you’re never going to get into college. Just don’t.
Do, however, take time going over your exam. Use your resources at school and online to see what you can improve. If there’s a will, there’s a way. Find the option that fits your goals and financial capabilities. There are SAT tutors, classes, books and even very helpful online products to help you increase your score. Then, take the test again.
So after you get a score you’re content with, what can you do with it?
Option #1: Tape your score to the wall beside your bed so you have something beautiful to wake up to every morning.
Option #2: Apply to college.
Since most of you will probably opt for #2, you should find where you score fits into different colleges. Every college has a different average of accepted students’ SAT scores, so it can get pretty confusing. Making a Cappex profile will make this process super simple by showing you your chances at each school based on historical data.
And now that you found that colleges you want to apply to, your’e probably asking, “but how much of admissions in based on the SAT score?”
Again, for each college it varies. One college might value the SAT dramatically more than another. If you’re super curious, speaking with college admissions departments will give you a better idea about what they’re looking for.
While it’s difficult to speak for all schools, we’re gonna go ahead and put an umbrella statement out there because the questions about SAT scores are pouring down on us: There’s more to your college application than your SAT score. A score can show aspects of your intelligence, but it barely cuts the surface of a student’s personality, wisdom or drive.
It’s March, and that means that Spring is on the horizon. It also means that college admissions officers are making their final decisions, sealing the envelopes and getting them ready to head off to all of the eagerly awaiting applicants any time now.
On the home front, you’re probably going a little crazy inside. After all, you’ve spent half of your high school career trying to figure out how to get into college, how to score higher on the ACT or SAT, and how to write the perfect college essay.
Your nerves could eat you alive as you refresh your admissions status on your college of choice’s website. So, instead of biting your nails down so low you can’t even open a can of Coke, take our words of wisdom on how to handle the wait for your college admissions letter .
1. Get a hobby.
Most high schoolers have access to tons of extra curricular activities. If you’re already involved in something, maybe it’s the musical, the mathletes or lacrosse–whatever it is–pump up your involvement. Make a goal for yourself to improve in something. Challenge yourself to sustain a note longer, do harder math in your head or run a quicker mile. That way, your mind will be less focused on your admissions letter and more about how you can achieve what’s actually in your control at that moment.
If you’re not involved with an after school activity, make your own. There’s one resource most every high school has no matter what and that’s students. Join up with friends who have the same interest as you and form your own club. As long as you’re involved in something that piques your interest, your nerves will have the chance to relax while you await the college’s decision.
2. Treat yourself.
Treat yourself to something that you don’t usually allow yourself but has proven to relax you. Perhaps it’s an extra hour of television, a box of chocolates, or a massage. With the stress of high school and the college search, so many students barely have enough time to just sit down and relax. Allot some time for yourself to do what eases your mind. For some people it might be getting in exercise during a time when you usually force yourself to sit at your desk to do homework. For others, it’s just allowing some time to veg out. Either way, give yourself a little relaxation during the week if you find yourself freaking out about your college acceptance letter.
3. Plan your spring break.
No matter what you’re doing over spring break, you can focus your nervous energy on planning it out day by day. If you’re heading to an exotic destination, do some research to find out which tourist attractions most excite you–snorkeling, ropes course or beachside yoga class. If you’re staying put during spring day, plan out some things you’ve been meaning to do for a while but haven’t had the time–clean out your closet, visit that museum you’ve always wanted to explore. Wherever you go, planning a detailed schedule for spring break will most definitely give you something fun to do while keeping your mind off of that admissions letter.
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