SAT Scores Edge Down, ACT Now More Popular Exam

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SAT Scores Edge Down, ACT Now More Popular Exam
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:57am

Are your kids taking one, both, neither, thoughts on it?

Average national scores on two of the three sections of the SAT college entrance exam edged down for the high school class of 2012, which was the first in which more students took the rival ACT exam than the SAT.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/sat-scores-edge-down-act-_n_1909494.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb%3D376005%2Cb%3Dfacebook

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 1:52pm

The SAT still seems to be more popular here in NY and at the northeast liberal arts colleges my kids have applied/are applying to.  I think a couple of DD's friends may be taking the ACT in addition to the SAT, but EVERYONE is taking the SAT.

The colleges DD is applying to all require the SAT IIs as well.  DD has taken 4 of them.  Silly girl. :smileywink:

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 9:53am
Here's a question for those that know, because I don't. What is the point, or why, do they have the subject tests? DD opted not to take any subject tests, but she also plans on being an art major. Is it for specific majors, or in lieu of AP tests?
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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 12:20pm
She's on top of things, she has already checked all requirements for her colleges and knows what she needed to take. She didn't need to take any subject tests, that's why I wasn't sure why they were needed and if they corresponded to certain majors or not. She did take the ACT with writing, and just the standard SAT.
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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 12:59pm

I guess the lesson for us regardling subject tests is to take them when the material is really fresh, if possible.

That's what DD did, and it worked out great - 750-790 on all her subject tests, taken in June of her sophomore and junior years. 

Sorry your DD has to take them now.  It must feel like she's relearning the courses again.  Ugh.

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 1:18pm
arryl wrote:
Here's a question for those that know, because I don't. What is the point, or why, do they have the subject tests? DD opted not to take any subject tests, but she also plans on being an art major. Is it for specific majors, or in lieu of AP tests?

I don't know what it is for all schools, but the colleges DD is applying to - Columbia, Brown, Vassar, Wesleyan, Bard, Boston College, NYU, Brandeis - all require two SAT subject tests (some also specify that at least one has to be in science or math).  I'm guessing it's to show that you're not just a good test-taker, but that you're a good student too.  DS, for example, had perfect SAT scores but only got in the 600s on his SAT subject tests because back in HS his work ethic lagged considerably behind his abilities.

AP test scores aren't used for college admissions, at least not at these universities.  I don't know about others.

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Wed, 09-26-2012 - 9:17am
I did read on one of the colleges that DD is applying for that they only require the ACT with writing or the regular SAT if you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, but if you are a homeschooler you need to take the SAT Math 1 or 2 and another subject test which I thought was interesting.
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