By Anthony Fuentes
The Scholastic Aptitude Test, also known as the SAT, is a required test that is needed for colleges. High school seniors and juniors (in the spring) take the test. Colleges use a process called super scoring to make judgements about your scores as a whole. A good SAT score to get ranges from 1390-1590 the highest you can get is a 1600. Most four year colleges use test scores in their admission decisions.
“The SATs are used by colleges to place students in Honors or College credit courses, and for 2 year schools if you take the SATs you may not have to take the placement test,” said Dr. Diodato, a school counselor at East High School. Although test scores are not the most important factor, it is still important to try your best on each test.
In order to prepare, you can take a practice test. The Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test is a practice test to prepare you for the actual SAT. “It’s a good practice for the real thing,” said School Guidance Counselor Ms. McGrath. On October 11, 2017 the PSATs were administered to 9-11th graders from 8:00 A.M to 12:18 P.M.
The SATs will be given six times a year on various dates starting including October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, March 10th, 2018, May 5th, 2018 and the final one is June 2nd, 2018. To sign up for the SAT see your counselor. Both tests are held at East High School. Taking the SATs are important even if you aren’t planning on going to college at the time because you might change your mind in the near future.