I often get asked this question and the answer depends on the students and what schools they are applying to. I encourage people to go on to the website of colleges they are interested in. They will include on their website the average SAT score for incoming freshmen. That being said, an average score is 1500, 500 on each section. 600 on a section is a good score but some schools require considerably higher. I recently worked with a girl who had already scored 2230, which is an extremely high score, but she was interested in a special program in medicine and the school she was interested in requires a minimum score of 2250 for that program. So a good score is a very relative term. The goal for all students is to do as well as they can.
What is the PSAT?August 17, 2013
The PSAT is a practice SAT test. It is virtually the same as the SAT but it is shorter and does not include an essay. Some students take it in their sophomore year and junior year. For juniors, it counts as a screening test for a potential national merit scholarship. Here is information on the …
What are the subject tests and should students take them?August 17, 2013
The subject tests (also known as the SAT II) are subject area SAT tests. Although most colleges do not require them, many of the higher academic schools prefer that students take them. Since colleges differ in their requirements regarding the SAT II, students should look at the college websites regarding this issue. The SAT II …
What is the writing section?August 17, 2013
The writing section was added to the SAT test in 2005. This is why the perfect score went from 1600 to 2400. It is made up of two sections of grammar questions and one essay, which accounts for approx. 30% of the score. It is less important that math and reading as some colleges ignore …