SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test
The Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT, is what all students need to complete if they are planning to enroll in any Division I or Division II college or university in the US. The test currently takes three hours and forty-five minutes to finish. Scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections (Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing).
The SAT is a challenge to most students, especially Canadian students, given the typical school curriculum is designed to feed Canadian Colleges and Universities — it does not mandate teaching the performance and review strategies needed to do well on the SAT.
Some common myths about the SAT includes:
I can take the SAT test as many times as you want, only the highest score counts.
Although this is largely true, some University programs only look at the first SAT score as a way to differentiate amongst the best of the best. You should do the research needed with each target University program to know how they analyze SAT results.
I can start preparing for my first SAT in Grade 12.
It’s never too late to prepare for sure, but the experts in the industry suggest students should start preparing as early as Grade 9. Needless to say this is problematic as few students are targeting themselves for US universities at such an early age. If the US is a possible target, look for schools or outside programs that have a formal SAT track you can take advantage of early on.
Guessing answers is a good strategy for success on the SAT.
Although the SAT is mostly a multiple choice test, guessing for the sake of answering all questions is NOT recommended. Incorrect answers count against the total score, the more you answer wrong, the more you lose marks on your right answers. If you do not know the answer at all, it is best to leave it blank. Formal SAT prep classes focus heavily on strategies for figuring out the right answer when certainty is not available. This is what sets the SAT class apart as a necessary and formal component of any preparation effort.
What Everest Academy Offers
Everest Academy now offers a full SAT prep program for its high school students. The program runs several times throughout the school year allowing students to target the specific test writing date appropriate for their current program.
The prep classes are typically Friday mornings and focus on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each student to develop a specific and individual review strategy.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on the SAT preparation program offered.