PSAT & SAT | Why you NEED to Take Them
THE SAT | WHY TAKE IT?
1. It’s Universally Accepted
For decades the SAT has been considered a benchmark assessment of student knowledge in high school. Almost ALL colleges and universities require an entrance exam, and all major universities in the United States accept the SAT.
2. Money, Money, Money
Universities, organizations and foundations give scholarship money based JUST on this score. Your school’s guidance counselor or the internet are your best resources for information.
3. Offset a Small School
My oldest child attended a VERY small high school her freshman year. They offered no advanced classes; no IB, no AP, nothing. Scoring high on the SAT shows that while the high school might not be academically competitive, the student is competitive with their peers across their state and the United States.
4. Balances out a Low GPA
You were really sick, and had a terrible academic year. You hated a teacher, skipped class, and failed that course. Maybe you’re very smart, but just didn’t feel motivated to do your best in class. Your SAT score helps offset that low GPA on your college application.
5. The SAT Score Follows You
I was a new teacher, and the State of Florida was offering First Year Teachers $6,000 if they scored 80th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT. My score paid off DECADES later.
PSAT | WHY BOTHER?
Isn’t the PSAT just a practice test for the SAT? No. Do I really need to take it my sophomore year of high school? Yes. Why? BIG MONEY!!!
Scoring high enough on the PSAT qualifies you to compete for the National Merit Scholarship Program. There are 53 colleges that offer full-ride scholarships, some of which also include a stipend, to Finalists. Both of my daughters were Semi-finalists their senior year.
We’re still waiting to hear the final status of my second child. However, even as a Semi-finalist, an elite engineering university offered her a full-ride scholarship worth over $180,000!!! She turned it down. While I was astounded that she turned down all of that money, I was proud of her for chasing her dream to attend somewhere else. That girl knows where she’s going, and how she’s going to get there.
RAISE YOUR SCORE
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Here’s information on the PSAT/SAT schedule for this coming school year: PSAT 2018-2019 and SAT 2018-2019 Schedule. Do you need increased rigor or weighted classes? Look into IB/AP/Dual Credit classes. Did you find this article helpful? Please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.