1. Can I cancel my SAT scores?
If you feel like you have performed poorly after finishing the test, you can cancel your scores immediately without waiting to get your results. Should you need some time to consider score cancellation after leaving the test centre, you have until the Thursday after your test to submit your request. However, take note that the cancellation form must either be physically mailed or faxed over. Furthermore, once your request to cancel scores has been submitted, your scores cannot be reinstated or reported to you.
2. How early should I register for the SAT?
The registration deadline is typically a month before the test date (e.g. a test on May 8 will have a registration deadline of April 8). However, late registration deadlines are normally 2-3 weeks before the test date; those who file for late registration will be required to pay an additional fee. To avoid disappointment, you are advised to register as early as possible to secure your preferred test date. Should you wish to change your test date later on, change fees are currently waived.
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3. How early should I start my SAT preparation?
While most students start preparing for the SAT at least 3 months before their test date, you should attempt a diagnostic test as early as possible to get a gauge of your strengths and weaknesses.
If you are looking to do a diagnostic and also get some advice on how to move forward, Prep Zone offers a free diagnostic test. Depending on the discrepancy between your diagnostic score and desired score, a clearer timeline can be set on when to start formally preparing for the SAT. It is important to consider how much time you have per week to dedicate to SAT prep, as this will affect your prep timeline.
4. Must I use a calculator?
The use of a calculator is permitted but not required for some parts of the SAT. A list of approved calculators can be found on the College Board website.
5. What are some good resources to use for prep?
The College Board offers 8 free full-length tests on their website for students to get a feel for what to expect on test day. These can either be downloaded from the College Board website or completed online on Khan Academy. The latter option will allow you to receive personalized practice recommendations to help you focus on weaker topics.
At Prep Zone, you will receive a copy of a Tutorverse book, which contains both topical practices and full-length passages and tests. In addition, our students will have access to comprehensive notes and materials and an additional 20+ practice tests to guide them in their SAT prep.
6. How important are my SAT scores?
While colleges and universities do consider multiple factors when making admissions decisions, your standardized test scores are still a crucial part of your application. These scores serve as a good benchmark for your academic ability, and higher scores mean you have more college options and scholarship opportunities. That being said, your high school transcript, GPA, personal essays, extracurriculars, and interviews are also considered alongside your SAT scores.