Its time already for students registering for test dates for winter and spring. Since the last 5 years there has been significant changes in the test. With the changes, the myths too have emerged. Here are some of the myths about SAT that you should know...
Myth- They see what I show:
You may think that the colleges will be able to see only the score that you wish to show. You may also believe that the colleges will see only the best scores in each section, no matter how many ever times you have given the test.
Collegeboard has recently implemented the score choice. But of course, the colleges have the authority at the end of it all. Based on the rules and regulations of the colleges, they are programmed into the Collegeboard system. They get to ask you for the scores for all the attempts that you have made for SAT. Some colleges want to know how many times a student has taken the SAT to get the best score, some others believe that by asking you to submit all your scores they get an accurate data.
Myth - SAT II subject test is not required:
Certainly required for Ivy League colleges. There are a large number of colleges that recommend you to take the SAT II subject test. Some colleges that don't require SAT IIs will require you to take them for particular programs like nursing or engineering etc. So be sure to decide before chucking this test away!
Myth - SAT is greater than ACT:
ACT is based on coursework and reflects better on how the student will perform in the college. Some students feel that ACT meets the need of both SAT Is and SAT IIs. What you can do is to take a diagnostic test and decide what is relevant.
You must understand the importance of SAT I , SAT II and ACT before taking the actual tests. Be sure about the facts, not rumors. The best time for SAT is March of junior year. May and June could be risky because of too many of the other important things that occur during the same time, also you will not have any dates left for back-up.