The College Board has chosen to reduce the number of times that they offer the SAT testing in Asia. This means that we will only offer the standard SAT once, in December, at AST. Regular registration deadlines are typically one month before the testing date. The College Board has not yet finalized the dates for next autumn. We will keep everyone informed about registering for this assessment. SAT information can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international
If your student plans to apply as a regular applicant to a university in the US, taking the December SAT will be fine. However, a student applying for Early Decision may have to take the SAT during October to comply with application deadlines. If this is the case, your student will not be able to take the SAT at AST, but other testing locations will be available.
An alternative to the SAT is the ACT. Colleges and universities view these assessments as equivalent, and there is never a penalty for taking one over the other. The ACT will be offered in September, October, and December. Like the SAT, the registration deadlines tend to be about one month before the test date. AST is not an ACT testing site, but we will keep you informed about ACT registration next year. ACT information is here: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
Finally, an increasing number of colleges and universities are choosing to make the ACT and the SAT optional. Currently, over 900 schools have chosen this approach. I’ve looked through the list of these schools, and they include some very impressive options. That list can be found here: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
Regardless of what happens with the testing dates for the SAT, your students have excellent choices available. I continue to enjoy helping your students learn about their options.
We recently hosted the AEO College Tour, which brought 17 institutions to AST. Among these were two Community Colleges. The Community College system in the United States represents an opportunity that is frequently ignored. These schools only offer two-year training, but their tuitions are much, much lower than colleges and universities, AND in many cases, the credits transfer to the more expensive universities.
I’ll talk about this system next time.
Courtesy of Dan Norton-Middaugh ,