When should I write my SAT?
Hi, I'm confused about how the SAT works, because I'm from India.
When should I take my SATs?
Should I take it immediately after my 12th Final Exam? Or before it?
Will it be hard for me to prepare for these two really competitive exams at the same time?
Or will I have a break after my 12th exam to study for the SATs?
In addition to following the advice that has already been offered here, please note that the SAT and ACT are not being accepted by certain colleges. This is a new situation, and systems like University of California are not considering the SAT anymore. This is why it will be important to first find out if the school you will be applying for will accept the SAT. If you are choosing a school that will evaluate your SAT score, then study and take it soon (2nd half of Junior year is normal). If the school you want to apply to is not using the SAT, make sure to find out what the criteria is for admission. Best of luck to you!
I found that the SAT isn't too hard to prep for since the categories aren't too difficult. The hard part is learning how to take the test itself. I studied for about three months total, but it wasn't rigorous and I was happy with my final score.
You could also consider taking the ACT if it's offered where you live, since that can be a standardized test that people do better in if they are fast test takers.
If you are applying for colleges for Fall 2021, you should probably see if you can take it soon, but you do have *some* time. See if the schools you are interested in will accept test scores after you submit the application. See about "rolling admission", as in, the school will accept applicants until seats are filled (we usually accept students right until the start of the semester).
It can be hard to study for multiple exams at the same time. Time management and organization becomes a key to aiding your studying habits. Set time every day for studying and review, and remember to take breaks and eat good food. Some people don't study everyday though, some do - I find it better for me to review almost everyday, but will need 1-2 days of a break during the week.
Look up collegeboard and read about an overview of the test. I personally have never taken ACT/SAT and I have a bachelor's degree. If you find it to be too stressful, you can find colleges that are "test blind" (not required at all) or "test optional" - especially because of COVID. You can also look into community colleges, as they are the least expensive type of college, and do not require SATs.
Personally for me reading up fiction/non-fiction books helps a lot in addressing any gaps in written communications and comprehension skills.
Indian students who have completed their 12 years of school education successfully from any recognized Indian board or university can take SAT for admission in the different streams available at various American colleges.
There is no criteria of minimum marks etc. for appearing in the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests, but several colleges need a good SAT score along with a good academic record. Besides that colleges conducts their own tests, like Essay Writing, Personality Test etc and also ask for Curriculum Vitae and recommendations from teacher etc. A nicely written CV (Curriculum Vitae) so that it reflects brilliantly about the aspirant may be of great help. Some colleges will also need you to submit a TOEFL score.
Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
- Most colleges have waived the SAT requirement and made it optional. So if you have strong academic standing and co-curricular activities, you should start apply through Common App asap.
- CBSE/ICSE have you covered for the Math portion, be more focussed on getting the vocabulary guides. For me, Reading was the most challenging part of the SAT and required a lot of effort.