Preparing for the SAT

How to prepare for the SAT

An SAT score is a standardized way of comparing students against each other, which is why it's important for college admissions. Increasing your SAT score is one of the quickest ways to increase your probability of acceptance at most schools.

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Understand Your SAT Score

SAT scores are an important part of a student’s college application. Here are a few reasons why:

SAT scores are used as a cut-off in admissions:

Admissions officers often use SAT scores to screen applications, so if your scores aren’t high enough, your extracurriculars and essays might not even be reviewed. With stakes that high, you need to spend time preparing to receive the highest SAT scores possible.

Can make up for weaker application areas:

A great SAT score can make up for a weak grade in a class or a less-developed extracurricular profile. While this really depends on what a school is looking for, a higher SAT score can give you a boost.

Impacts scholarship chances:

Some schools offer SAT-based scholarships and your SAT scores can factor into other scholarship applications as well. Because of this, you want to make sure your SAT score is competitive.

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Our chancing engine takes into consideration your SAT score when determining your chances at hundreds of different schools. If you need to improve your SAT score, our Admissions Assessment will tell you what schools you need to improve it for and by how much.

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Students have over 80 items to check off their lists during applications season. We’ll let you know when you should focus on your SATs in order to manage your time and stay on track to college success.

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