When to start taking SATs? Watch

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Well, the question's in the title of the thread, really. I'm an international student from SE Asia and have just finished my IGCSEs last November. I would be on a mini 'gap year' until I start college this September and was thinking of applying to American unis.

I've read on several threads that American unis don't mind if you take your SATs multiple times as they would only be taking your highest test scores when you apply? Would it be okay if I were to take my SATs in November when I start Sixth Form or would they want it to be taken in a certain time frame?
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Untrue, the schools claim to look at superscores, but they look at everything. Best to give them once you are ready.

Take them whenever you want. But SATS are very different to a levels. I am giving SAT in January, you can only write the papers as internationals in Oct,Nov, Dec, Jan, May, June.
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Timeframe of my whole experience with the SAT

Year 12
September: Begin practice
October: More practice
November: First sitting + more practice
December: Second sitting + more practice
January: Third (and final - I don't recommend you take it more than 3x) sitting
Feb, March, April: Practice for SATII (alongside AS syllabi, this works quite nicely)
May: Sit SATII

Gave me more than enough time to be relaxed about everything, and it definitely didn't hinder my scores

Also, don't listen to the people who place utmost importance on the SAT, at least with the really good schools. SAT can keep you out, but not get you in. Don't devote your life to it
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Timeframe of my whole experience with the SAT

Year 12
September: Begin practice
October: More practice
November: First sitting + more practice
December: Second sitting + more practice
January: Third (and final - I don't recommend you take it more than 3x) sitting
Feb, March, April: Practice for SATII (alongside AS syllabi, this works quite nicely)
May: Sit SATII

Gave me more than enough time to be relaxed about everything, and it definitely didn't hinder my scores

Also, don't listen to the people who place utmost importance on the SAT, at least with the really good schools. SAT can keep you out, but not get you in. Don't devote your life to it
You guys have 13 years right? What year are you born in? Do you guys graduate a year later than most countires?
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You guys have 13 years right? What year are you born in? Do you guys graduate a year later than most countires?
Yeah we graduate in Y13, although this is typically at the normal age of 18.

Are you American? :O
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Yeah we graduate in Y13, although this is typically at the normal age of 18.

Are you American? :O
So you are born in 1998 right? along with most of your classmates. yea. are u applying to oxbridge?
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So you are born in 1998 right? along with most of your classmates. yea. are u applying to oxbridge?
Yes and yes
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Yes and yes
which one
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which one
Cambridge u?
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Cambridge u?
Oxf
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Yeah we graduate in Y13, although this is typically at the normal age of 18.

Are you American? :O
Do Cam look at SAT(s), I was only told that it would be a distinguishing factor if you have identical UMS?
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Do Cam look at SAT(s), I was only told that it would be a distinguishing factor if you have identical UMS?
Meh I didn't submit my SAT scores. I don't think they care if you're not an international American applicant
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Meh I didn't submit my SAT scores. I don't think they care if you're not an international American applicant
Oh yeah ofc, the scores go after october generally.
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Oh yeah ofc, the scores go after october generally.
Well that's if you take it in Y13. I took my SATI and SATII in Year 12 so I had the option
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Well that's if you take it in Y13. I took my SATI and SATII in Year 12 so I had the option
Fair point

How do you intend to finance college if you go US..

Are you applying to need-based schools/sports scholarship etc.
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Fair point

How do you intend to finance college if you go US..

Are you applying to need-based schools/sports scholarship etc.
Thankfully my family can afford the fees, but one of my friends has been accepted to a need-based school for internationals, which is great for him. And the other who has been accepted to the US can afford without external finance
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Thankfully my family can afford the fees, but one of my friends has been accepted to a need-based school for internationals, which is great for him. And the other who has been accepted to the US can afford without external finance
Nice, good luck.
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Nice, good luck.
You too
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You too
PRSOM :<)
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