SAT and ACT scores continue to be an important factor for college admissions. While some argue that these tests do not demonstrate college readiness, college admissions officers often consider them the second most important factor when considering a student's academic record. The overall GPA in college prep courses is the first.
Many students have taken test prep courses to prepare for these two tests. Other students have worked on their own on practice tests for both the SAT and ACT. If you have done nothing, you still have a few days to prepare before the test on Saturday. Colleges are willing to consider scores from either test for college admissions. Many schools will only consider the ACT with writing.
The SAT test is this Saturday, October 5. Here are 5 things to help high school seniors do their best:
1. Wake up 1/2 hour earlier than normal so you are completely alert for the test.
2. Do a few SAT math or English questions while eating breakfast to get your mind working.
3. Arrive at the test center early so you are able to find your room and have a few minutes to relax before the test begins.
4. Take a few deep breaths before the test begins and at anytime during the SAT if you feel anxious or distracted.
5. Bring a snack and drink plenty of water to avoid fuzzy thinking and keep your focus.
Think positively throughout the week about the SAT. You are prepared and ready to do your best. If you do not do as well as you expect to, there is another SAT in November that is for high school seniors also. If you are applying early admissions to a school, you can always have your scores rushed to a college.