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#1 etycto

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:39 PM

im a high school junior (well next school year i will be) and im planing to go to college the teachers has been making a big deal on doing good on the SATs
are there any college students or grads that took the SATs how waz it and is it realy important also wat about the ACT is that impotant
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#2 cangor

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:01 PM

well, I'm not a college grad I'm in high school but my brother's a student in college. For him the SAT was really hard and even though he was valedictorian his poor-ish sat score (around 1250 on the 1600 scale) meant that he couldn't get into a really good college. He took the ACT and didn't do much better, but I hear that the ACT is easier for some people and colleges will usually accept the ACT instead.

As for me, well, the SAT was really easy, but I'm just one of those crazy test-taking people, and I got around a 2300 on the 2400 scale. I would take some practice ones to find out how you're going to do first, I think there are some available online. If you do good in practice, you'll be a lot more confident going in, and if you don't, then you can figure out where you need to focus your effort.
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 07:07 PM

I think that SAT scores are not nearly as important as they used to be in determining whether you are accepted at most colleges. There are some that still use it as a benchmark to weed out students that may have slid by on the grading scale, but most realize that the SAT's are somewhat skewed and biased. What separates applicants these days are their extra-curriculars, community service/volunteer work, and your essay. The thing that makes or breaks your application is the essay. I didn't take the ACT because most of the schools I applied to were on the West Coast and they put more emphasis on the SATs. I heard that they were easier though, but you had to score higher to be considered equivalent to the SATs. Plus there were less testing dates and test sites.
My suggestion is to buy or borrow one of those review books and go through that. Then go out and get involved with Habitat for Humanity or some sort of non-profit, service-based organization like that. Or start your own organization. College admission offices love entrepreneurial types. See a need, fill a need. Plus you can write all about it in your essay.
Good luck!
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#4 WarFact

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 11:24 PM

The SAT I thought was easy. I was in the 700's on Math and Writing. The only hard part I found was critical reading, which I scored a 580 on. So i'm definitely going to retake it soon.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:44 PM

Well, I haven't taken the SAT yet, but on the PSAT/NMSQT I scored above 94% of the country, and I got number one in my school. The only questions I git wrong were ones I knew but just rushed on the question. The best thing you can do is just not rush. I rushed and had 25% of each section left and it made me answer a few questions wrong.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 05:45 PM

Here in England, SATs are for 13-14 year old students, I got the top levels possible on all of my subjects I was tested on (English, Maths, Science). But this year is my final year, when I'm going to be doing my final GCSEs, which are probably the British equivalent to those SATs. I've already done a number of those exams, and they have been extremely easy for me.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:42 PM

I thought the SATs were easy, at least the math portion, but i'm just a super math wiz. The writing and reading was a little harder, but I was was a sophmore in highschool when i took it. My scores are below:
Math - 680 out of 800
Reading - 540 out of 800
writing - 470 out of 800

I'm a senior now and I'm thinking about retaking the SAT again.

I think that the SATs are important, but college admission shouldn't be based purely on it; because, as said above, some kids can get the grades without really learning anything (hm, reminds me of me a little). Also, somebody said above that some colleges only accept ACTs and therefor ACTs are more important; however, there are also colleges who only accept SATs so it is important to look at the colleges you plan on applying to in order to see which test to take. I think the SAT is easier because the questions are from easiest to hardest so you know to look for trick questions the farther into the test you go; however, the ACT the questions are random, but some people do better with that too, so it's up to your skills to see which one to take.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 01:56 AM

I'm a senior in college. I took the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) during the college-application process. I never took SATs or ACTs. So...not having one or both of those tests under your belt is hardly the end of the universe as far as higher education is concerned. You don't have to kick the snot out of the SATs to get into college. An accredited, respectable college, even. :P

Some scholarships, however, require SAT or ACT scores. That being the case, I would recommend doing the best you can on whichever test you choose to take. Studying beforehand and trying your best can only help you. But don't, you know, give up on college if you DON'T do well. :D
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:44 AM

Don't worry, man. I'm a senior, I tried twice on the SAT's, and got 2040 and 2100 respectively. Today colleges don't care about them that much. What's more important are your GPA and clubs/sports. ACT also isn't important unless you are going to a college that requires it (most colleges now require at least 2 SAT II credits. If I were you - I'd research a list of colleges and see, which one needs what.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 07:56 AM

Yea, the SATs weren't that bad looking back on it (I think I got a 1620...might be wrong on that though...). I mean, the only part I didn't like was the essay. I hate not being prepared for one. And I wasn't. And it was like 7 or 8 in the morning. And it was my worst score on the test. :| But overall, the rest of the test wasn't that bad. As for the ACTs, I didn't bother. I didn't need them to get into my college.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 04:37 PM

i don't think the sat has nearly the importance it used to... many schools now (except some on the coasts) accept the act, many put more importance on the act than the sat, and some dont even take the sat.

i didn't even bother with the sat...
i took the act and got a 33 which was more than enough to get me into college and more or less get me a full ride scholarship,
most colleges look at your act/sat scores and gpa/strength of schedule about equally... my experience has been that extracurriculars (church, sports, work, etc) have been a bigger issue for private scholarships.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 02:39 AM

I didn't bother with the SAT either, just went for the ACT. For me, it was much easier being that there were no analogies and there was a science section. I also like how they don't take away points for wrong answers. Where I live, the SAT is the norm, and they don't even tell students that they have the option of taking the ACT and that most colleges will accept either test. If my parents hadn't taken the ACT, I wouldn't have even known about it. I wish they did a better job informing of us of all possibilities, not just what most people do.
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 08:39 PM

I took both the SATs and ACTs. The SATs seem to be better for people who are strong test takers. The ACTs are better for people who are better studiers. For me, my ACT score was higher and better reflected my strength in math. My overall was a 31, which is equivalent to about 2100 (or 1400 using the old system). My math was a 33, which is about a 760. I can't recall my other scores. I would advise you to try and take both. Most people I know do better on the ACTs than the SATs.
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