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SAT fall dates loom

This year?s SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) may cause stress and uneasiness no matter whether the test taker took last year?s test or not. First timers and returnees alike are feeling the pressure as the test date draws ever nearer.

The matter of taking the SAT is often stressful for young students. The better the score, the better a students? chances of getting into the college of their choice.

?I want to go to Point Loma University,? Kassandra Batesole, ?06, said. ?Hopefully my score new will be good enough. If not, I will take it yet again.?

The SAT has changed slightly from that of last year. An essay portion has replaced the analogies section, causing even more worries for some before test day.

?I want a better essay score,? Batesole said. ?Last time I only got a six (out of a possible 12 points).?

Students taking it for the first time will labor three hours and 45 minutes, by themselves, hoping their knowledge and training will have paid off.

For seniors time is running out, as only three test dates remain. Tests in November,
December, and January are still available.

?I just keep putting it off,? Seth Lane, ?06, said. ?I?m always busy. I plan to take it soon, hopefully in October.?

The deadline for the Oct. 8 test was Sept. 14. The next test will be on Nov. 5, and the deadline for signing up is Sept. 30.

?I?m going on Oct. 8,? Batesole said. ?I?m nervous, but I will do my best.?

Students are encouraged to prepare both mentally and physically for the fateful day.

?Get a good amount of sleep,? Jon Endicott, college guidance counselor, said. ?Eat a good breakfast that morning, and above all, don?t worry.?

Endicott also said do everything you can to prepare is important. Many students know the considerable power the SATs have in directing their future.

?Colleges will look at all of your test scores, ? Endicott said, ?but mostly the critical reading and math scores.?

Most students will be taking it for the first time. Procrastination is traditionally a problem with high school students, especially seniors who have waited till the last minute to sign up.

?You always have the option of taking it again for a better score and to improve their chances, Endicott said. ?Three times is enough though; after that, you?re just wasting your money.?

The SATs cost $41.50 and students can register online at Collegeboard.com. Failure to sign up by the regular deadline will incur a $21 late fee. For more information on the SATs, go to www.collegeboard.com or email Endicott at [email protected].

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