St. Andrew’s students are strongly urged to take both the SAT Reasoning Test and ACT to assure that they are afforded an array of college choices and opportunities. These tests typically are taken during the second semester of the junior year and the first semester of the senior year.
The SAT Reasoning Test is one of the primary assessment tests administered nationally. It is generally acknowledged to be a major factor in the admissions process at most colleges and universities. Published by the College Board, it measures critical reading, mathematical, and writing skills. Sub scores on each section range from 200 to 800, yielding a combined total score of between 600 and 2400. Score reports also include an essay sub-score for the timed writing sample.
All St. Andrew’s students should take the SAT Reasoning Test once during the junior year and are strongly encouraged to take it again in the fall of the senior year. Currently, St. Andrew’s is the official SAT testing center for the Jackson metropolitan area; however, students must register with the national office. Students are encouraged to register online at www.collegeboard.com. A limited supply of paper registration forms will be available in the St. Andrew’s College Counseling office.
SAT Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiple-choice tests in specific areas. Unlike the SAT Reasoning Test, which measures general abilities, Subject Tests measure the student’s knowledge of particular subjects and his or her ability to apply that knowledge. Tests in 14 areas are available. Each test is scored on an 800-point scale just like SAT Reasoning Test components. Students may register for one, two, or three subject tests on the same day. However, a student cannot take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Reasoning Test on the same day. Again, students can register online or secure paper registration forms from the College Counseling office.
St. Andrew’s students are encouraged but not required to take SAT Subject Tests. Students should be aware that some colleges require one or more of these tests for admission or placement purposes. Some require specific combinations of tests; others permit students to choose. Students must check the requirements of the colleges in which they are interested and/or discuss subject area tests with the College Counselor or the teacher of that subject area.