At Florida Prep, not only do we mandate taking the SAT, but we also offer our students in-person SAT boot-camps, designed to lift our student’s scores to those required by Colleges of Choice.
As many U.S. universities and colleges announce the decision to move to test-optional; allowing students the opportunity to apply without submitting SAT scores, students may justifiably assume an SAT score is no longer relevant, and a GPA is sufficient to accompany their application. But they would be wrong. In fact, a large percentage of the highly competitive institutions still require SAT scores, and those that do not would still prefer to see them, and for good reason.
Despite obvious flaws; particularly in relation to the English essay section for foreign students, SAT scores help level the playing field where GPA’s are unable to tell a full story. Each school and teacher will grade differently, some consistently high, others lower. Honors and AP classes may also boost an overall grade. SAT scores offer consistency, comparing students to the same standard, regardless of their location or demographic, and allow admissions officers to make like-for-like comparisons of the attributes of each applicant.
During a recent NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) panel discussion, representatives from two of the nation’s top non-test colleges said the following:
“We know testing (SAT scores) are a really strong predictor of success on our campus. We know students with stronger test scores are more likely to graduate on time and are more likely to have a higher GPA”. (MIT)
“Your transcript shows your academic record in the context of your school”, said the representative from UChicago, “It is useful to see evidence of academic achievement that exists outside the context of your school. We encourage students to take standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT and to share scores with us if they think that they are reflective of ability and potential”.
If your school is no longer offering SAT testing, or you are seeking admission to a College of Choice, consider joining the Florida Prep SAT Workshop; 5 weeks of intensive SAT prep, scheduled 2-days per week, from January 19-February 19, 2021. The all-inclusive course is open to students in grades 9-11 at a price of $750.
Students with higher SAT scores are generally offered significantly more financial assistance from universities and colleges, and degrees from a School of Choice reap rewards for a lifetime. Invest in your future today, by joining the Florida Prep SAT Workshop.