SAT is a test used to judge a student’s readiness for college. The SAT is a fair and straightforward test that measures a student’s skills in reading, writing, and math skills that students develop in secondary schools. The test is accepted by all the colleges and universities in the U.S. and many throughout the world, including in India. Thousands of high school students in India take the SAT as part of the college admission process. But there are plenty of reasons for you to consider taking the test even if you do not intend to study abroad.
Here are 5 excellent reasons why as a high school student you should take the SAT this year:
1. Accepted Worldwide
SAT is one of the most widely accepted entrance exams for admission to colleges and universities worldwide. Universities around the world, and now even in India, use SAT scores to admit students.
With such wide acceptability, it makes sense for a student to take the test to boost their chances of admission to several universities. By testing themselves against a global benchmark, students also get a fair idea of where they stand.
2. Now Accepted in India
College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the SAT, recently launched the India Global Higher Education Alliance (“India Global Alliance”)– a platform that gives innovative Indian universities an opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most prominent universities to drive access and excellence in undergraduate admission and enrollment. Ten Indian Universities that are the founding members of the Alliance – Ahmedabad University, Ashoka University, Azim Premji University, Bennett University, BML Munjal University, FLAME University, Manav Rachna University, Manipal University, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, and SVKM's NMIMS – accept SAT scores for admission. Students who wish to take admission to any of the above universities can take the SAT and have their test scores sent directly to these Indian Alliance member universities for no cost.
3. Prepare for free
Khan Academy, the popular educational platform that provides online tools and resources for students, has partnered with College Board to offer free practice for the SAT on mobile devices and computers. The official SAT practice platform provides registered students with personalized practice plans, tailor-made for them, based on their diagnostics. By providing a free of cost world-class resource for SAT practice, anyone can practice and prepare for the SAT and achieve success in the exam. The platform has thousands of practice questions, interactive problems, video lessons, full-length practice tests, and a personalized study plan giving students enough preparatory content to get a complete feel of the SAT before taking it.
4. Take SAT for Free (in December 2018 and March 2019)
The cost of the SAT for Indian students is a little less than USD 100 – quite a substantial amount for many in the country. However, Indian students have a great opportunity to take the SAT in December 2018 and March 2019, without spending a single dime! Eligible students (with annual household income less than INR 6, 00,000) can receive a SAT fee reduction voucher, making the test absolutely free for them. Interested students need to register on Buddy4Study platform, fill a request form, and upload required documents to apply for the SAT fee reduction voucher.
5. Win a Scholarship through the College Board India Scholars Program
If the above reasons didn’t entice you enough, how about the fact that you can win a full scholarship on the basis of your performance in the SAT and financial need! Yes, College Board, in partnership with India Global Alliance members, is offering full tuition scholarships. To qualify for the scholarship, the annual household income of the applicant must be less than Rs 4, 00,000, student must score 1350+ out of a total of 1600 on the SAT test, and must be admitted to and enrolled in one of the India Global Alliance member universities.
With so many reasons and incentives to take the SAT, Indian students should undoubtedly add the exam to the top of their priority list for college admissions.