Standardized Tests: This comes down to one basic choice. SAT or ACT? Some opt for neither, some both. While we have heard stories of people getting into excellent colleges without a standardized test score, most schools require it. So we think you probably should get your pencils out and sharpened. By the time you’re applying for colleges, you should have already taken the PSAT, which is an exam meant to prepare you for the SAT. You can technically take the PSAT at any time, but College Board, the test administrators, only offer scholarships to eleventh graders taking the test. You may also wish to take SAT II subject tests, which can test subjects (like foreign languages) not found on the SAT or ACT. (Having a good AP or SAT II foreign language score can get you out of many college language requirements.) The SAT is the more widely-known test, but many feel the ACT is a better judge of college preparedness, especially since it has a science section — something the SAT lacks.
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