I’ll admit it’s been a minute since I took the SAT. If I recall correctly, taking the SAT was nearly as stressful as figuring out the proper hair-to-aquanet ratio. Things hadn’t gotten much better by the time my two oldest kids were ready for the test. The good news for today’s college-bound kids is that things are changing. Changing in big ways. I’ve partnered with the College Board on a series of sponsored content geared toward helping students and their parents navigate today’s SAT.
5 Myths About Taking The SAT
Myth 1: Taking the SAT later in the year means getting harder questions.
Truth: The College Board ensures that every version of the test is equally weighted in difficulty.
Myth 2: Leave a question blank if you aren’t sure of the answer.
Truth: Taking your best guess is the best practice. The SAT no longer deducts points for guessing.
Seems my Dad’s old theory of always choosing “C” if you didn’t know the answer, holds some water now. When in doubt… Charlie out!
Myth 3: You only take the SAT if you’re hoping to go to an East Coast college.
Truth: The SAT is accepted by all College entrance exams. In fact, colleges and universities don’t have a preference for other tests over the SAT.
Myth 4: SAT prep classes are very expensive.
Truth: The College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy to offer Free, personalized Offical SAT Practice.
Myth 5: Don’t take the SAT twice.
Truth: 2 out of 3 students actually improve their scores when taking the SAT more than once.
How many of those myths did you think were truths? These days it’s not your Mama’s SAT, folks. Have questions? Email me or tweet them using #ChoosetheSAT.
In the next installment in the series, we’ll explore ways to help students with SAT study and prep. You may be surprised by what is not on the test anymore, I sure was.
Note to parents: If your child hopes to take the March 2018 SAT, the deadline for registration if February 9th, 2018. I know getting those dates right and not missing deadlines was an issue in our house. Get more info on registration here.