Alyssa the SAT Expert: What Is A Good SAT Score?
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- A good SAT score is a score that gets you into the school you want to go to.
- There are lots of online tools to find colleges that match what you want in a school.
- The biggest things to remember when thinking about studying for the SAT exam are: don’t cram, create a habit, set incremental goals, and stress less.
- Get more SAT testing tips on our blog!
Is My SAT Score Good Enough to Get Me Into College?
It’s that time again: Alyssa the SAT Expert answers all your burning questions about the SAT exam! In this video, Alyssa talks about what is a “good” SAT score and why a good SAT score is actually different for everyone, good online tools to find colleges to apply to, and how you should approach taking the SAT exam.
What is a good score?
In short, a good SAT score is a score that gets you into the school you want to go. For that reason, a “good” score is different for everyone.
If you’re getting the score you need to get into your top choice school, you’re doing great — that’s all there is to it!
If you’re thinking, “so what? How do I use this information?”, you have two major options:
- Look up schools you want to go to and shoot for a score that will get you in
- Find schools that will accept you according to the score you currently have
Tools to find schools
Alyssa mentions several online resources to find schools. These are:
- College Simply: Input your SAT (or ACT ) score and/or GPA and see what colleges you’re eligible for. You can search by reach, target, safety, or show all. You can also search/sort by region of the United States
- US News: These are the most widely known/respected college rankings in the United States.
- Big Future College Search: Input the characteristics of the colleges you want, like region, test score, and size, and it outputs a list of colleges that fit those requirements.
- College Scorecard: Get a quick measure of how much money you can make, by college and by major, the first year after you’ve graduated.
How do I approach studying for the SAT exam?
The biggest things to remember when thinking about studying for the SAT exam are:
- Don’t cram: It’s more effective if you do a little each day.
- Create a habit: By studying a little each day, you’re building strong habits that will serve you well, even after you get your goal score.
- Set incremental goals: Setting small, realistic, easily achievable goals is more motivating than setting large goals.
- Stress less: Take care of yourself generally. Eating healthy food, getting enough sleep, and practicing self care will all help make studying sustainable over the long term.
- Keep it realistic: The closer your studying is to the real exam, the more confident and prepared you’ll be going in — so study like it’s the real test.