page contains some little known facts about the college entrance SAT
test and the SAT subject tests. Remember when 1600 was a perfect
score? Well, now 2400 is (a third subject test was added).
#1: A friend with a very smart 11th grader received a 1990 on his SAT.
He was satisfied - that is a very good score. His son was thinking
about Purdue and I told him that a score between 1850 and 1990 gets you
an "automatic" $20,000 scholarship over 4 years, but a score of 2000
would get a $32,000 scholarship over 4 years. Ten more measly points
would be worth $12,000. He had no idea, but is now negotiating with his
son to take the SAT a second time. Continue reading below to learn
more about these "automatic" scholarships.
Story #2: My daughter took the SAT a third time. She raised her score again, this time up to the average Purdue freshman nursing applicant. She took it a forth time and raised it to 1790. Very good, now she will get into Purdue's nursing program for sure. However, Purdue gives an "automatic" scholarship of $20,000 (described below) over 4 years if you have a SAT score between 1850 and 1990. She knows little about money but most people would have to bring home $30,000 (before taxes) to pay $20,000 to Purdue. However, she does know about clothes. The deal: take it again, raise your score to 1850, and I will buy you any UGG boots you want. She raised it to 1860, and I paid $45 for the SAT test, $160 for UGG boots, and now we have reduced her college cost by $20,000.What You Should Do
Many colleges give out "automatic" scholarships for good SAT scores. These "automatic" scholarships are NOT need-based
and no special application needs to be filled out. Just by applying
(with the normal college application) you are able to receive these
"automatic" scholarships. Many colleges simply check your SAT
scores and will give students these scholarships. The secret is: you
MUST apply early (I recommend August and September on Senior year) and
you MUST have a certain SAT score, which is different at each school.
That is why you should take the SAT 4 times.
these pages for Indiana University and Purdue University (two Indiana
state schools) for their automatic scholarships. Note that these pages
are hard to get to, so book mark them or this page. Other schools have
this same information.
Another great site for time lines, paying for college, and a section for Indiana colleges: www.triptocollege.org