You Have Your SAT Score, Now What?


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The SAT is an achievement test to aid in college admissions.

Shaina Francis, Staff Writer

You took the SAT on Wednesday, March 6. It was your first time or it might have been your third time and you have been patiently waiting for weeks in anticipation for your score. On March 29 you finally checked College Board and now have them, but where do you go from here? There are many courses of action to take upon seeing these numbers.

Looking at the College Board website, it’s important to take into account your individual reading and math scores out of 800, and to determine what they mean to you. Before taking this test, you should have set a score that you were aiming for to gauge how well you did. If the results do not match your goal, there is no reason to worry. Before the time that college applications are due there are still tests being held on May 4 and June 1, along with dates in August, October, and November with dates that haven’t been announced yet.

If you feel the need to improve your score, the most important action to take is to study the weakest subject areas on Khan Academy. Khan Academy links with College Board and provides specific practices to improve the necessary areas of improvement. Through the use of this source, scores can be raised many points to fit your aims.

Along with Khan Academy, there are also many study and prep books available that let you physically practice a test.

“Prep books and Khan Academy assignments truly helped me feel more confident and secure when I was taking the SAT the second time around,” said Isabella Botero.

Resources such as these that allow you to practice these skills will make the process of improving more accessible. Junior Sophia Clifton took the December SAT and knew she wanted to improve before the school day test in sorting her priorities.

“I think the most important thing was changing my mindset from being negative and thinking I couldn’t do it to trying my best and believing in myself,” said Sophia, who raised her score 80 points between the two tests with a combination of practice and attitude change.

The most important thing to do once you have this score is to plan your path of action. Whether it is sticking with your current score, beginning to study, or changing to a positive attitude, having this plan of action is key in the college process.

Good Luck Chiefs!