The SATs have long been used by college admittance committees in choosing the right students for their school. Many high school students take them seriously — taking practice tests, going through prep courses, and using flashcards to help them remember concepts and vocabulary. Still, many students don’t seem to understand how important it is to get a good score.
When it comes to applying for college, a good SAT score can help make your application stand out, along with good grades, a well-written essay, and a demonstration of involvement in the community. It’s one important piece to the larger puzzle of college applications.
But what are students to do if they don’t get a good enough score? Many students take the SAT during their junior year of high school. This allows time for the students to retake the test before applying for schools if they don’t get the score they wanted. Statistically, students do better the second time they take the test. For students that don’t have this option, a really good alternative is to look into online college degree programs. This would allow the student to take classes online and if he or she would like to transfer to a college later, the school will look at grades received rather than the SAT score.
Remember, if you aren’t able to start at the school of your choice, all is not lost. Colleges and universities take transfer students each year and you could be one of them just by proving that you can get the grades needed.