3 Standardized Tests You Should Know About If You Plan on Attending a University

Standardized tests are the bane of a high schooler’s existence and yet, if you plan on attending college, they can be the most important tests you will ever take. Here are a few test types you should know about.

  • SAT – This is probably the most well-known test for high school students, and it has undergone a number of transformations over the years. Depending on your major, you may need to try several different SAT subject tests. Each test is based on a scoring system that awards 800 points as a perfect score. That is why the perfect standard used to be a 1600 (800 on math and 800 on English). Now you can take the SAT in all sorts of different subjects to show schools your proficiency in your chosen field rather than just on general topics.
  • ACT – This standardized test has emerged to be the preferred test of a number of universities, so it is a good idea to determine what your colleges of choice are looking for. When in doubt, take both the ACT and the SAT so you will have the score that the school you are applying to wants.
  • AP Tests – AP stands for advanced placement. You may be able to take AP classes in school if you are ahead, and if you get a good enough score on the final (usually 3 or above), your college will give you credits for the subjects you have already taken. It’s a good way to get a head start on your degree.

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