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5 Things you can learn from your SAT Score

Posted by Sybil St. Hilaire on Fri, Jul 11, 2014

smilingteenWhile you may already know what to do with your SAT scores once you have received them, here are some things you can learn from these scores. Your SAT score can help you understand your comprehension of high school level material, your competitiveness as a college applicant, and your eligibility for certain college scholarships.

1. Competitiveness for your chosen colleges

One of the main key reasons to take the SAT is to gain admission to the college or university of your choice. The SAT helps college admissions officers assess your reading, writing, and math skills. It also helps colleges estimate your potential academic performance if admitted. Your SAT score is just one of the criteria used to determine college admission. Once you have your score you can compare it to the score ranges at the schools you plan to apply to. Your position within a given school’s SAT test score range can indicate your strength as a potential applicant.

2. Eligibility for certain scholarships

High SAT scores often translate to a heightened potential of receiving scholarships. A number of colleges and universities have scholarships set aside for students who hit a certain GPA and SAT score minimum. Once you know your SAT score, you can use it to inform your scholarship research, and determine your eligibility for scholarships that require you to submit an SAT score. 

3. Understanding of subject area strengths and weaknesses

You will receive an SAT score report along with your score. This score report will provide a summary of your performance on the SAT critical reading, math, and writing sections. For each one of these sections you will receive a breakdown of the number of correct, incorrect, and omitted answers. The score details section of your score report will allow you to understand how you performed on each type of question. Statistics about your probability of improving your score if you take the test again are also included in the score report. This information can help you plan and study for the next time you take the test.

4. Ability to skip introductory college courses

Getting into a college is only the beginning of your journey. Once you get to college, it is important to continue challenging yourself intellectually. At many colleges and universities, your SAT score can help decide whether or not you have to take certain entry-level math, reading, and writing classes. Placement criteria varies by school. Double-check the policy for the school where you are planning to matriculate.

5. Eligibility for competitive jobs in the years after college

Your SAT score will continue to be relevant even in your post-grad life. In the professional fields of tech, consulting, and finance recruiters often ask recent college graduates to submit their SAT scores. These scores are often one of the criteria used to help potential employers sort through all the resumes they receive every year.

Your ACT score is just as valuable as your SAT score. Look for a future blog post from us about what your ACT score can teach you. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two tests, be sure to check out our SAT vs ACT webinar to learn which test might be right for you.

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