1. “Get” the test
2. Make the Net your friend
3. Choose a target date
4. Take the PSAT
5. Get a study guide (or two or three)
6. Consider classes, in person or online
7. What about tutors?
8. Take a practice test
9. Don’t study the night before
10. When the big day arrives, take it easy
According to this article, “Over 100 Score Perfect 2400 in New SAT”:
- as the 300,000 students who took the first sitting of the new test March 12, 2005 began receiving scores, the College Board reported that 107 scored a perfect 800 on each of the three sections – writing, critical reading and math. [That is 1 out of 2803, 0.000356%]
- Of the 1.4 million 2004 high school graduates who took the old SAT, 939 scored a then-perfect 1600 [That is 1 out of 1490, 0.00067%]
According to this article, “Michigan Teen Gets Perfect Scores On SAT, PSAT, ACT Tests” (April 27, 2009):
- The College Board has reported that roughly 1 in every 5,000 students taking the SAT gets a perfect score.
- The ods for the PSAT are 1 in every 1,000
- The ods for the ACT are 1 in every 14,000
- 17-year old Willa Chen, a senior at Canton High School in Canton, Michigan, has made history by getting a perfect score on all 3 of her exams (PSAT, SAT, and ACT).
According to this article, “Willa Chen is one in a million. And then some” (April 27, 2009):
- She was accepted to the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology but will attend Princeton in the fall. She fell in love with Princeton’s campus on her first visit and always considered the university her first choice. She plans on studying applied math or computers, but she’s keeping her options open.
According to this article, “Willa Chen scores perfect on her ACT, SAT and PSAT”:
- The College Board reports approximately one student in 5,000 taking the SAT gets a perfect score of 2,400, while the odds are a little better, one in 1,000, on the PSAT, The Detroit News reported.
- The other major college entrance test, the ACT, which comes from a contending organization, states the odds of a perfect finish are one in 14,000.
According to this article, “Willa Chen scores perfect on her ACT, SAT and PSAT“, she also participated in the Math Olympiad and loves jazz, tap and ballet dancing.
To see a photo of Willa Chen from 2009, read this article “2009 Michigan Junior Miss winner – first runner-up Willa Chen of Plymouth Canton”
Willa Chen’s LinkedIn Profile (with photo) shows she is currently working for Google.
According to this article, “How many people have gotten a perfect score on the SAT”:
- Of the 1.5 million students who took the SAT in 2008, only 294 students earned a perfect score.
According to this article, “Four area students score 2400 on SAT — perfect” (September 5, 2009):
- Profile for: Tom Hui is a self-described video game lover. Michelle Liu calls herself a nerd. Marissa Pan simply likes books, and Tanya Nguyen prefers balance in her life.
- What do they have in common? All scored 2400 on the SAT, putting them in the elite company of 297 nationwide and 10 in Georgia earning perfect scores last year (2008).
- 294 college bound seniors out of a total of 1,518,176 who took the test in the year 2008 got 2400
- 5683 college bound seniors out of a total of 1,518,176 who took the test in the year 2008 got 2300 or more
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- Most colleges accept either the SAT’s or the ACT’s.
- Juniors typically begin taking SAT’s or ACT’s during the second semester of their junior year.
- Students applying to the UC system and planning to take the ACT must sign up for the ACT with Writing because, unlike the SAT, students have a choice of taking it with or without Writing. The UC system includes the Writing test in their student application review process.
- Tests can be taken more than once.
- The UC and CSU systems will use the highest scores from either the ACT or SAT.
- There are strategies involved when taking these tests that students should explore, either with a prep class, resource book or on-line.
- Each testing company also offers free preparation booklets with sample questions and test content.
- The UC’s will accept college admission tests taken through December of the senior year.
- This is also true for the CSU system with the exception of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Diego State, who want them completed by October or November of the senior year.
- Students should check the testing requirements for private and out-of-state schools, as they may differ from the UC or CSU systems.
- Second semester SAT dates are in January, March, May and June.
- SAT Reasoning test includes Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
- Second semester dates are in February, April and June.
- ACT Assessment differs because it includes four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning.
- UC’s and many private schools also require SAT subject tests.
- The UC’s require two subject tests in two different subject areas. The subject areas include history, literature, math, science and language.
- Students should take the subject tests in May or June when they have almost completed a school year of the subject.
- For example, students enrolled in AP US History who are preparing for the May AP test will find they are well prepared for the May or June US History subject test. The same goes for AP Biology, Chemistry, and Math, etc.
- If a student chooses to take Math as one of the two subject tests, the UC system wants Math Level 2.
- For the Chemistry test, students should at least have taken Honors Chemistry, as it is a “time intensive and difficult” test.
- If Language is used as one of the subject test, the Language with listening for native, fluent speakers is only given in November. Language without listening is given during the other test dates.
- AP European History does not necessarily prepare students for the World History subject test, because the subject test focuses on non-European cultures.
- The UC’s will use the two highest subject test scores in their admission reviews.
- The subject tests take one hour, and students can take up to three on a single test date, although that’s pretty tiring.
- The CSU system does not require the subject tests.
Source: Mary Church, DVHS Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org