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Standardized testing for US colleges and universities

At this point, students who are considering applications to American colleges and universities should have discussed a schedule for standardized testing with their counsellor. Students have the option of writing either the SAT or the ACT. Many students wrote a diagnostic test at UCC last fall or in the spring of Year 10 in order to assess which type of test best suited their learning style.

Some of you have already taken the SAT Reasoning Test in January or March or the ACT in the fall or winter. Others have registered to write the SAT on May 4.

Those planning to apply to more selective US schools may also be required to write SAT subject tests in a minimum of two or three areas. Many students will choose to try these for the first time on June 1. As this date is the weekend before your June exams, you will be in peak form in terms of your content knowledge; you will, however, be under some stress due to the pressure of exams. It is vital to realize that your UCC exams are your top priority and you should not jeopardize your preparation for these exams in order to study for standardized tests. There is still time to register for the June 1 SAT subject tests by logging on to www.collegeboard.com by May 3.

Students who are planning to write the ACT can register for the June 7-8 test at www.act.org before May 3. For either type of test, please remember to bring proper identification.

Taking the tests this spring will provide you with a sense of your areas of strength and weakness and allow you to repeat tests next fall (if necessary) in order to maximize your results. It will also help you to decide which schools are appropriate choices.

It is important to prepare carefully for standardized tests as they play a crucial role in admission decisions. Low cost options include the Khan Academy’s SAT tutorials https://www.khanacademy.org/sat, the ACT Academy https://academy.act.org/ or one of the many textbooks available at bookstores (we also have a few copies of prep books in our office and in the library). If you wish to arrange a course or individual tutoring, there are a number of private companies that provide such services. In the past, many of our students have worked successfully with The Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com, Kaplan www.kaptest.com, or Ivy Global Education Consulting www.ivyglobal.ca.

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