College – SAT test
What is the SAT test, and do you have to take other tests?
To get accepted by any selective, accredited college or university in the United States, you must take either the SAT
(Scholastic Achievement Test) or the ACT (American College Test). Most schools expect the SAT, however, and if you have equal
access to these tests, you should take the ACT only if you have performed poorly on the SAT and hope that your ACT score
will reflect more favorably on your application. The SAT is offered at a multitude of locations throughout the US and several
locations in other countries. Look at www.collegeboard.org to find the location nearest you or to sign up for a test.
While the SAT is hardly the only factor an admissions committee will consider in evaluating your application, a good SAT score
can get your foot in the door, and a bad one can get your application thrown in the trash immediately. There are several
SAT-prep programs available for people who wish to improve their scores, and some of them are now offered in online formats,
which are especially convenient for international applicants.
If English is not your first language, you may be required to take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or
some other English-language skills evaluation test as part of your application. Some colleges also require or recommend
that you take SAT II subject tests. These tests are also administered by the College Board and cover many different subject
areas ranging from math and writing (often required) to sciences and foreign languages (often recommended).
If you are fluent in a language other than English, taking the SAT II subject test in that language is probably a good idea.
You can take up to three SAT II subject tests in one sitting for the same fee, and you can also get these scores
automatically reported to your schools of choice. Read the application materials and the college’s website carefully to
determine what tests are required for admission.What does Test-prep do for me?