SAT/ACT (USA admissions)
Note: the PSAT was cancelled this year due to COVID.
The PSAT is a "Practice SAT", which helps students prepare for the SAT. The annual sitting for the PSAT is always in the fall at Sands Secondary.
If you are in Grade 11 or Grade 12, and plan to write the SAT/ go to the States for your university/college education, it will be helpful to do this exam. Registration is in early September through Ms. Fernandes.
WHAT IS THE SAT?
Note: The SAT and ACT requirements have been waived for most USA universities due to COVID. However some students may still want to take the tests, and students with athletic scholarships may still be required to take them. Make sure to check with the individual school you are applying to.
The SAT test assesses your knowledge in 3 subjects: Reading, Writing and Math. There is an optional essay component.
The SAT is required for the majority of universities and colleges in the States: your score is a major part of whether you are admitted.
The SAT website is www.collegeboard.org (South Delta Secondary SAT/ACT Identity Number is 821085).
The SAT is typically taken in Grade 11 (especially if you are planning an athletic scholarship) or the beginning of Grade 12. Ideally, doing a PSAT at the beginning of Grade 11 would be beneficial to prepare for the SAT.
Test dates are at: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international
SAT's can be written in high schools in the Lower Mainland that have a testing site or in Blaine or Bellingham, Washington.
Students usually need to have final SAT scores into the American university to which they applied by the end of January in the Grade 12 year, so the December test dates should be the very last date to write. Students need to apply to American post-secondary universities early – ideally by December 1st of their grade 12 year.
**SFU also requires their athletes to write the SATs for the following sports: football, volleyball, and men's and women's soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball and golf.
This is because SFU is the first non-American school to join the NCAA and will play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The ACT is similar to the SAT, but it also assesses your knowledge in a 4th subject: Science. The ACT is not required in most schools like the SAT, but there are some schools that require it. If you want to cover all your bases, it might be helpful to do an SAT and an ACT.
Students can take the ACT at either Ashton College (1190 Melville St #400, Vancouver, BC V6E 3W1) or
Mulgrave School (2330 Cypress Bowl Ln, West Vancouver, BC V7S 3H9).
Comparing the SAT to the ACT:
There is help to prepare for the SAT on the College Board site.
Companies such as Kaplan Test Prep offer test writing assistance for a fee.
Athletics in the USA
For students interested in athletics in the States, this is a great website: www.deltasdathleticscholarships.weebly.com
There are also companies that will help students pursue athletic scholarships, such as Options Solutions, www.optionssolutionsed.com for a fee.
This website has alot of great information for students interested in going to the US for university, and if you follow their social media they often have webinars and online info sessions with info about applying to US schools.