The SAT is round the corner and there must be nothing stopping you to achieve those grades to get into your dream college.
The SAT is extremely important when it comes to your college admission, but at the same time, there are various myths strewn among the students delivering the wrong message. Furthermore, students often panic when it comes to getting into their dream school, so it’s important to do your best and study hard for the big exam. It’s time to bust them. So, let’s begin!
#Myth1: SAT only predicts first-year grades
Nope, not at all! I don’t know how this came to breaking but standardized tests like the SAT predicts a student’s grades throughout their college life. My idea is this myth came into existence from students who failed to perform well, as it considerably reduces the efficiency and importance of this examination.
It is plain logic as to why these tests help predict grades for the entire college years. Students, who achieved higher grades, end up taking more difficult courses and difficult majors, challenging their own capabilities.
Now, this is also one reason why the SAT is getting a lot more emphasis on college admissions than it used to. You see, if you are performing well in your high school, it reflects on your GPA, but a higher GPA does not mean that you will perform so well in all the other high schools across the district or state. Some schools are more difficult than others and vice versa. Apart from that, grade inflation has also been into play.
But the SAT is a standardized examination which will generate a real picture of the students standing and whether they are ready for higher education or not.
#Myth2: Higher scores don’t matter or aren’t appreciated
I am sure you must have heard this atleast once in your lifetime. Irrespective of the number of times you have heard this statement, a myth still remains a myth!
If you believe the SAT will not have an impact on your future, you couldn’t be more wrong. Ofcourse, it is not the end of the world but they play a crucial role in college admissions and various other aspects, academically.
As I mentioned in the previous point, the SAT scores will help you predict your grades all throughout your college life. Research shows that students with higher test scores have attained more academic success and there is no denying that.
If you believe skills matter more than the scores, you are not wrong. But if you have the required skill set, then why aren’t you aiming to score high? Higher scores will increase your odds of getting into your dream college. Infact, some colleges also consider SAT examination in the eligibility for scholarship opportunities.
#Myth3: Test optional colleges do not bother about the SAT
This is the most common and most widespread myth on our list. While it’s 100 % true that day-by-day more colleges are becoming test-optional but they are still in the minority and are very low in number. This means most colleges on your list will still demand an average score in a competitive test.
Plus, even if you are aiming for a college that is test-optional, it doesn’t mean you don’t appear for the SAT. Why? Because of the following reasons:
· There’s nothing to lose
· The benefits aren’t limited to your college life
· You will have more options on your college list
· It will make you eligible for various scholarships
If you think test-optional colleges are in any way reducing the efficiency and importance of the SAT, think again, because that is not how it works!
Now that the myths are busted, let me quickly conclude this content piece:
The SAT can be one of the most important examinations in your entire life and its time you must equally emphasize it. If you prepare the right way, it can prove to be the foundation of your academic success. Even if you have not been a good student in the past, you will now be able to prove your metal and score as you wish. There are many ways you can prepare yourself to fight against this test. Follow a study schedule, solve practice papers for SAT, emphasize on the main concepts are some of the most important tips to consider while preparing for SAT.
The only thing lying between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself. This was my attempt to help you breakout of these roadblocks. All the best!