Why take the SAT?

There are many reasons why you should take the SAT. Firstly, the SAT objectively tests what you know and what you have learned.  Since the test is very fair and measures each student using the same criteria, it can be used by college admission staff during their admission processing.  It is important to have an objective measurement standard in order to assess students’ academic abilities instead of relying on grades.  Grades can be deceptive due to different grading scales and different requirements for students across the country. An “A” in one school district may not be equal to an “A” in another school district. The SAT is a way to level the playing field.

Your SAT scores will also be used by a college in order to determine your readiness for college level courses.  In addition, you personally can use your SAT scores to determine how well you would fit in at a certain college. Because each college has different admission standards and acceptable SAT scores, you can use your SAT scores to help you in the college application process.  You can go to http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to see what SAT scores each school accepts.  For example, if you type Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in the search box, you will find out a lot of information about that particular school.  Click on the admissions box and you will discover that 50% of the students at that particular college scored between 400-530 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT.  On the other hand, admissions information on this website says that 50% of Harvard students scored between 690-800 points in the Critical Reading portion of the test. If you have scored a 700 on the Critical Reading portion of the test, you might want to consider applying to Harvard instead of Kutztown.

Your SAT scores can also help to connect you with various financial aid and scholarship groups.  Anything that can help you to manage the cost of getting a college education is very important and should not be underestimated.

If you are interested in learning more about the admission requirements of specific colleges or getting scholarship information, you will definitely want to take the SAT.  Different financial aid and scholarship companies will contact you and you may qualify for quite a bit of aid.  Since affording a college tuition can be a challenge in these difficult economic times, any information on financial aid is a real bonus.

The most important reason to take the SAT is simply because most colleges will not consider your application without it.  In order to maximize your chances at being accepted into the college of your choice, it is important to take the SAT.