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College applications will sneak up on you: Prepare yourself by taking the SAT

The juniors and seniors of Madison County High School are nearing graduation. If you are an upperclassman — or even a sophomore or freshman — this information is for you. Although there are now over 1,000 colleges that do not require test scores, there are still many more that do. 

The SAT and ACT are both tests to help evaluate academic performance. The most important thing to know about the SAT is the scoring: The highest score you can get is a 1,600, and the average is 1,000 according to The SAT covers reading, writing and language, and math. You can expect the ACT to test over your reading, writing, and math knowledge. If you have taken the ACT multiple times, the admission office takes your highest score of each subcategory, according to the University of Georgia.

Usually college applications are due before Thanksgiving of your senior year. It is best to register a month ahead of the registration date. The SAT test dates of 2023-2024 for MCHS are Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, March 9, May 4 and June 1. To register you need to go to the SAT Suite at College Board website.  The same website provides you the testing locations. Emmanuel College or UGA are the closest college testing locations to MCHS. You may also register for testing at the following nearby high schools: Clarke Central, Cedar Shoals, Elbert County, Oglethorpe County and Oconee County.

Seniors are encouraged to check admissions websites of their prospective colleges. When it comes to studying for the SAT, it is important to have a solid plan in place. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Familiarize yourself with the test format: Understand the structure, sections, and timing of the SAT.
  • Practice, practice, practice: Take practice tests to get comfortable with the types of questions and improve your time management skills.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses: Focus on areas where you need improvement, but do not neglect your strengths either.
  • Use study materials: Utilize SAT prep books, online resources, and practice questions to enhance your knowledge and skills.
  • Create a study schedule: Set aside dedicated study time each week and stick to your schedule.
  • Review and analyze your mistakes: Learn from your errors and understand the concepts behind them.
  • Seek help if needed: Consider joining a study group, working with a tutor, or using online resources to clarify any doubts. Remember consistency is key.

From all of us here at The Red and Grey, good luck!

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