- Make up for a low GPA – If you currently have a low GPA, scoring well on the SAT can balance the effect of the bad GPA. By studying hard, a C-student can earn a near-perfect grade on the SAT. Conversely, if an A-student does not prepare well, he can get a bad score on the SAT.
- Win scholarships – If you score high, many scholarships are available based solely on your SAT score. Even if you only get a mediocre score, a vast number of scholarships require an SAT score in addition to other requirements such as an essay. For more information on how to win scholarships read my Ten Steps to Scoring Scholarships.
- Apply at a college – Most colleges that are worth attending require SAT scores as a part of the application process. Even if the college you plan to attend also accepts other tests, such as the ACT, the SAT is more versatile because it is almost universally accepted as an entrance exam. The vast majority of SAT test takers use their score primarily to apply to a college.
- Go through college faster – Students who get high scores on the SAT are often able to skip basic classes in college and complete advanced classes instead. While the students who did badly on the SAT take Math 101 and Writing 101, you can get ahead. In doing so, you will not only progress faster, but you will also save money on expensive classes!
- Get a job – This is a controversial topic. Some people enjoin us to never put our SAT scores on our resumes, while others tell how their SAT scores helped them get their jobs. I would take the question on a case-by-case basis because some companies require an SAT score, others view it as unprofessional, and still others fall somewhere in between. As a general rule, unless you know the company well, do not volunteer your SAT score, but do be ready if it is requested.
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