The Current SAT: Not the Best Option for all Juniors

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It’s standardized test prep season and there are currently three options for high school juniors and seniors to consider:

  • The current SAT
  • The redesigned SAT (first offered in March 2016)
  • The ACT

Many options are usually great, but in this case…

BEWARE: some schools will not accept the current SAT for students graduating in 2017.

Virginia Tech has recently announced that it will not be accepting the current SAT for high school students graduating in 2017.  This means that all current juniors who intend to apply to the school will need to take the new SAT (first offered in March 2016) or the ACT. Why the change? The admissions department at Tech wants to evaluate applicants using the same assessment and using only the latest version of the test makes the review process consistent.

Although this decision doesn’t affect many students who traditionally take the test in the spring of their junior year, it has a major impact on those who took the test early. So often, recruited athletes and others who simply want to get the test out of the way now have to prepare once again for the new version of the test.

It is possible that other colleges will start doing the same thing as Virginia Tech, so please keep this in mind as you decide which test you plan on taking and which schools you will apply to.

The bottom line: choose your schools of interest before preparing for an exam to make sure that the schools will accept your test scores.

If Educational Connections can be of any assistance in helping you in choosing the right test for you and preparing for it in order to get the scores you want, please give us a call at (703) 934 – 8282.