How often should one take the SAT? What score ensures admission into the Ivies? What is the ranking of this school? Shouldn’t one take both SAT and ACT? My dream college is asking for scores for 2 Subjects, SATs. Should I take 5?
These are the most frequent queries school students ask when preparing for the SAT and applying to colleges for undergraduate programs. The entire exercise is driven by a single objective – becoming part of a school that ranks high. Great. Of course, it is a wonderful achievement to be at an Ivy college and the prerogative of every student. But will retaking the SAT and getting that ever-elusive ‘perfect’ score ensure admission?
Ideally, two attempts at the SAT are sufficient to do what one wants with the test. After a hearty preparation that should include vocabulary sessions, reading practice, and loads of grammar, math routines, and full-length tests timed to the second, a student can do a fine enough job on the test and score close to his best.
At the same time, this attempt throws up for the test taker areas that can be improved, so it is wise to make another attempt, with a 1- or two-month gap, to score higher. But believing each attempt will increase the score is like believing in magic! It is an exception, not the rule. So SAT takers should only retake the test repeatedly if, between each attempt, the input has been humungous.
Once a student is ready with the SAT scores, he has to embark on the next phase of the journey – college applications. Most students are not ready for this. Parents, peers, teachers, and acquaintances have really interesting tales (mostly hearsay) about colleges and invariably have only one piece of advice – go for the best! That ‘best,’ believe me, is inelastic and is synonymous with the ‘most’ heard of.
So, going by this advice, all young aspirants seeking to study ‘abroad’ have very few schools to choose from and have to fight it out to be at MIT, Cornell, or UPenn. Students are conditioned to think only about the highest score and the best colleges through first studying and then applying. Highest and best relative to whom? To gain from the whole effort, every student should prepare to give his optimum and apply to colleges that fit best with his profile.
Not the other way around. Doctoring the resume, getting social work certificates, and claiming to be a poet to fit your profile with the school’s requirements is foolhardy. Chances are the Admission Committee, with all its experience, will see through the charade; if not, the student may secure an admission, but that will be the beginning of the bigger problem – fitting in.
Always select colleges that offer platforms that suit you and will allow you to express yourself from the moment you walk through the portals of the institute. A high comfort feeling is the first condition for selecting colleges. And remember, the undergraduate programs, especially in the US, are more flexible than you can imagine; they allow you to change courses, restructure modules, and transfer to other colleges. So start well, and you will end well.
Option Training Institute Dubai is replicating the institute’s efforts for 12 years in India. As such, the Institute is experienced and well-versed in preparing students for the SAT. In the first phase of our course, our trainers focus on providing intensive training for the Writing and Math sections, sections on which a perfect, or near perfect score, of 780 + is possible.
In the second phase, our trainers impart rigorous training for the Critical Reading section and the Essay and organize regular testing modules that allow students to acquire the right testing skills.