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What SAT Subject Test Should I Take?  
User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

I've been looking all over Embry's site, but they only go as far as saying they want to see scores. Well, scores from which tests? I've bought a Collegeboard SAT study guide book, but don't really know what to study for.. I plan on taking the SAT next month and the ACT soon after..


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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3139 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

You really can't "study" for the SAT/ACT. The best study is to be well rested. Chances are your scores will be very similar taking it a number of times.

The best thing to do is call the admissions office and find out which exam the school accepts. Don't waste time/money/stress on both if you don't need to take them.



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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2748 times:



Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Thread starter):
I've been looking all over Embry's site, but they only go as far as saying they want to see scores. Well, scores from which tests?

Many schools just require some number of SAT subject tests (not the same thing as the SAT), aka SAT II's. If they don't specify, it usually means they don't care which ones they are, just that you do the right number. Some schools will specify some subset: e.g. Math + two others.

Do what PIlotpip said...call admissions and ask to be sure.

Tom.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6264 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

I don't know why colleges put so much weight on the SAT's/ACT's anyways, since most of them give you an entrance and placement exam anyways that usually takes a couple of days to take...  twocents  Not that I did badly on my SAT, though...


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9397 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2725 times:
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Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 1):
You really can't "study" for the SAT/ACT. The best study is to be well rested. Chances are your scores will be very similar taking it a number of times.

I wouldn't necessarily agree with that.

On the verbal side, you can definitely go over all of the vocab that might be on the test. On the math sides, you can go over the concepts that might be covered.

But yeah, it's not the same as studying for a "normal" school test.

I don't know anything about Riddle, but I would suggest taking math and physics....if they have physics. I'm getting awfully confused between SAT II's and AP exams.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2610 times:



Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Thread starter):
Well, scores from which tests?

Well, why don't you call them and ask?

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
I don't know why colleges put so much weight on the SAT's/ACT's anyways,

I think that is more true for big state colleges than for tiny private schools like Riddle. All they care for here is that you have a heartbeat and aren't mentally retarded, though I have seen some retards roaming around...


User currently offlineAcNDTTech From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

One thing that I have found out is that schools require SAT/ACT scores for accreditation purposes if they are regionally accredited.

User currently offlinePhatty3374 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2592 times:



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 1):
You really can't "study" for the SAT/ACT. The best study is to be well rested. Chances are your scores will be very similar taking it a number of times.

I'm sorry, but I also disagree strongly. It is a test like any other, and those who study more will do better. This is the basis behind the 'SAT is unfair for the poor' argument, as they cannot afford tutors, etc. I took the SATs twice; the first with no practice, and the second with 2 months of weekly SAT tutoring. My scores on the second test were FAR higher than on the first test.

As for SAT vs. ACT, it is really personal preference. The ACT involves 5 test sections if you opt to take the writing section (English, Math, Reading Comprehension, Science, and Writing), and the SAT involves 3 test sections (Reading Comprehension, Math, and Writing).

The university I'm currently attending required 2 SAT II tests in addition to either the SAT or ACT, but I believe these requirements are different at most schools. You should be fine....and in the end everything will work out!

Regards,

Tom


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