using your ACT and SAT scores in college planning

Posted : July 6, 2010
Last Updated : February 12, 2014

using your ACT and SAT scores in college planning

Your ACT or SAT test score is more than a number. It is an indication of how prepared you are for college. While your ACT or SAT score is one component considered during the admissions process, it can also be a factor in:

  • Course placement in first-year courses, especially when several sections of the same course are offered. High scores on the ACT or SAT may qualify you for the Honors Program at your chosen college. Furthermore, if you do very well on a specific SAT Subject Test, you might be exempted from a basic class in that subject.
  • Advising students on a course of study. Higher scores in certain subject areas of the ACT or SAT may be a good indication that you will excel in that area of study. Your college advisor will use your scores as well as other factors such as grades and employment plans to help you find an appropriate course of study.
  • Identification of qualified students for scholarships and financial aid. Some scholarships and grants may use ACT and/or SAT scores and estimated grades to identify qualified candidates.

The most important use of your ACT or SAT score is college planning. You can use your score to:

  • See how you compare to other students. Your ranks on your score report tell you the percentage of recent high school graduates who received a score that is the same as or lower than yours.
  • Match the requirements of your preferred colleges. Use your ACT or SAT score to determine at which colleges you meet the admissions requirements.
  • Determine strengths and areas for development in your own skills. The scores you receive on the ACT or SAT will help you pinpoint the areas in which you need to put forth more effort, as well as help you determine your strengths for possible career exploration.
  • Compare against your grades to see how you are applying the knowledge you learn.

For more information about using your ACT or SAT score results, meet with your school counselor.

Source: ACT's News You Can Use

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