The College Board offers excellent resources for students. You are most likely aware that the College Board administers the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). However, you might not know of several other helpful ways CB can help you.
The general website is http://www.collegeboard.org. From there go to the College Planning link to find some great resources through “bigfuture.” This feature of the website provides the following:
- College Search: information on colleges you already know about
- College matches: your connection to colleges you might not know about, based on information you provide
- Helpful advice about choosing a major
- Make a Plan: another online feature that helps you set out a plan through the My Organizer
2. The Official SAT Question of the Day and The Official SAT Practice Test
Get questions emailed to you on a daily basis. Take real SAT practice tests online. Our tiny school’s recent National Merit Scholar said she attributed her success to doing the SAT Question of the Day on a daily basis. Good scores equal GREAT scholarship money by doing well on the SAT. Go to http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/ to see the various ways you can practice for this test, so you are well prepared.
3. SAT Skills Insight
This will help you increase your skills in challenging areas.
4. My SAT Online Score Report
Learn what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can better prepare for the test.
5. My College QuickStart
If you have taken the PSAT, My College QuickStart is an invaluable tool to help you prepare for the SAT and create a personalized study plan. Again, the website is sat.org/practice.
Just a few reminders about the SAT and the ACT:
- Freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in going to a four-year university should take the PSAT on October 16 (some schools also give it on Oct. 19, a Saturday). See your high school counselor to sign up for this test.
- Seniors will need to have the SAT and/or ACT taken by the December test dates. Register online, see below.
- Juniors should take the test(s) by May or June of next year, and then again probably the fall of their senior year.
- Test scores are sent free to a half dozen colleges free if you indicate those colleges when you sign up. Otherwise, it costs more money later.
- Fee waivers for these tests are available from your school counselor (saving you $51 each!) if you qualify for free or reduced lunch or if you are receiving another form of government assistance.