Common Myths about the Sat

Because the SAT is such an important test for high school students that are going to college, there is a lot of talk about it. As typically happens, a lot of times this talk isn’t completely true, which can lead to the creation of a lot of myths. Here are a few of the myths about the SAT:

The SAT will test many complex concepts, especially in Math – In truth, the concepts are not that difficult. A lot of the things will be based on arithmetic, trigonometry, or geometry that you have probably learned about in the past. However, it could be tough to recall all of these concepts, or make the connections between what type of rules you’re supposed to use in certain situations. That is what makes these sections difficult.

It’s better to leave an answer blank than guess – You have probably heard this one, because you get subtracted a little bit for a wrong answer. However, if you are able to eliminate one or two answers and then make a guess, the odds are more in your favor to just make a guess. However, if you have absolutely no idea, then it might be better to just leave it blank. But if you’re able to eliminate some choices, then guessing is the right decision.

These tests will tell you how smart you are – A lot of people think that these are types of intelligence tests. In some ways, they can be. But mostly they just measure how well prepared you are for taking the test, or how good you are at taking these types of standardized tests. For example, I scored a 32 on the ACT, but I know friends who are more conventionally “intelligent” than I am that did not score as high. But I was and am just good at taking those types of tests. So the SAT is not a straight or even reliable measure of how intelligent a person is.

If you don’t get a good SAT score you won’t be able to go to college – This is not true at all. While the SAT is an important factor in the admissions process, it is weighed in with things like GPA, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, etc. If you don’t do as well as you’d like on the SAT, you’ll still be able to go to college!

These are just a few of the myths about the SAT. Since it really is a pretty important test for high schoolers, a lot of rumors and myths can get spread about it… but it’s important to know the facts and be able to dispel some of these myths. That will help a student not be as stressed out about it, and that will be a major helper when it comes time to take the test.