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What are the SAT and ACT tests?

SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It’s also referred to as the SAT Reasoning. ACT stands for Academic Proficiency Test. They’re both standardized exams that test your knowledge in math, verbal, and writing skills. Most colleges require that you take one or the other and send in your scores when you apply. While I have heard of it happening, it’s pretty rare that a college will want scores from both tests. Usually, one will suffice, but you need to double check with the schools you’re applying to.

What are the SAT Subject Tests?

All UCs require that you also take two SAT Subject exams. These test your knowledge in an area that isn’t covered by the regular SAT, such as History, Science, Spanish, Literature, etc. UCs want these tests to be taken in different areas, meaning you don’t want to take a Biology Subject test and a Chemistry Subject test because they’re both sciences (if this is confusing, ask your counselor, call the college, or ask me). Also, if you’re taking a Math Subject test, you need to make sure that it’s Math Level II. Finally, some private schools DO require SAT Subjects, so be sure to check that out.

How do I register the SAT and/or ACT tests?

Before you register, get a fee waiver from your high school counselor (if you qualify). Go to www.collegeboard.com, choose the “For Students” section, and then click on “Register for the SAT.” The site will ask you to create an account (remember to write down your username and password!!!). Register for the date you want and pay with your fee waiver.

How do you send your scores to the colleges?

Now, here’s the kicker—you can send up to 8 score reports for free!!! When you register, you have the option of choosing the first four schools to send your scores to. Most students just ignore that option and decide to deal with it later. However, you have to choose the schools when you register, or you lose out on that option. After you take the test, and if you qualify for a fee waiver to take the test (most NAC students do), you can send your scores to four more schools for free. Here’s another thing the College Board won’t tell you—you only have to use up one free score report for all the Cal States and one free score report for all the UCs. Here’s how: when you are searching for the college to send your score report to, choose California State University, Mentor in Long Beach, CA. This is a little confusing because you think you’re sending the score report to Cal State Long Beach. However, it’s actually Cal State Mentor, which will then send it to all the Cal States you applied to (for some reason, students have a hard time finding CSU Mentor, so ask me to help you if you need it). As for the UCs, when you apply, there is a question that asks if one UC can share your info with other UCs—be sure to say “yes” to this. That way, you can send your score to one UC, and all of them will receive it. As for the privates, there’s no way you can send it to one school and have other schools receive it. You will have to send your scores to each college individually.

Why do I need to do well on the SATs?

While it’s not the only thing colleges look at while evaluating your application, they do take your scores into consideration. If your scores are really low, it can hurt your chances of getting in. If your scores are really high, then it can help your chances.

How do I study for the SAT?

The NAC offers fun classes during the summer to help you boost your score. In the beginning of the school year, we also offer more formal SAT classes. It’s important to not only come to these classes, but also to do the homework the teachers assign. Another thing to do is read, read, read. The verbal portion of the SAT is really a big vocabulary test—disguised in analogies, sentence completions, etc. Reading will greatly expand your vocabulary. Plus, it’s good for you 🙂

What are the SAT and ACT tests?

SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It’s also referred to as the SAT Reasoning. ACT stands for Academic Proficiency Test. They’re both standardized exams that test your knowledge in math, verbal, and writing skills. Most colleges require that you take one or the other and send in your scores when you apply. While I have heard of it happening, it’s pretty rare that a college will want scores from both tests. Usually, one will suffice, but you need to double check with the schools you’re applying to.

What are the SAT Subject Tests?

All UCs require that you also take two SAT Subject exams. These test your knowledge in an area that isn’t covered by the regular SAT, such as History, Science, Spanish, Literature, etc. UCs want those tests to be from different areas, meaning you don’t want to take a Biology Subject test and a Chemistry Subject test because they’re both sciences (if this is confusing ask your counselor, call the college, or ask me). Also, if you’re taking a Math Subject test, you need to make sure that it’s Math Level II. Finally, some private schools do require SAT Subjects, so be sure to check that out.

How do I register the SAT and/or ACT tests?

Before you register, get a fee waiver from your high school counselor (if you qualify). Go to www.collegeboard.com, go to the “For Students” section, and then click on “Register for the SAT.” The site will ask you to create an account (remember to write down your username and password!). Register for the date you want and pay with your fee waiver.

How do you send your scores to the colleges?

Now, here’s the kicker—you can send up to 8 score reports for free!!! When you register, you have the option of choosing the first four schools to send your scores to. Most students just ignore that option and decide to deal with it later. However, you have to choose the schools when you register, or you lose out on that option. After you take the test, and if you qualify for a fee waiver to take the test (most NAC students do), you can send your scores to four more schools for free. Here’s another thing the College Board won’t tell you—you only have to use up one free score report for all the Cal States and one free score report for all the UCs. Here’s how: when you are searching for the college to send your report to, choose California State University, Mentor in Long Beach, CA. This is a little confusing because you think you’re sending the score report to Cal State Long Beach. However, it’s actually Cal State Mentor, which will then send it to all the Cal States you applied to (for some reason, students have a hard time finding CSU Mentor, so ask me to help you if you need it). As for the UCs, when you apply, there is a question that asks if one UC can share your info with other UCs—be sure to say “yes” to this. That way, you can send your score to one UC, and all of them will receive it. As for the privates, there’s no way you can send it to one school and have other schools receive it. You will have to send your scores to each college individually.

Why do I need to do well on the SATs?

While it’s not the only thing colleges look at while evaluating your application, they do take your scores into consideration. If your scores are really low, it can hurt your chances of getting in. If your scores are really high, then it can help your chances.

How do I study for the SAT?

The NAC offers fun classes during the summer to help you boost your score. In the beginning of the school year, we also offer more formal SAT classes. It’s important to not only come to these classes, but also to do the homework the teachers assign. Another thing to do is read, read, read. The verbal portion of the SAT is really a big vocabulary test—disguised in analogies, sentence completions, etc. Reading will greatly expand your vocabulary. Plus, it’s good for you J

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