About SAT’s

About SAT’s

What do the initials “SAT” mean?
Originally, SAT was an abbreviation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. In 1993, the test was renamed the SAT I: Reasoning Test. At the same time, the former Achievement Tests were renamed the SAT II: Subject Tests. In 2004, the numerals “I” and “II” were dropped and the tests are now named the SAT Reasoning Test (or just SAT) and SAT Subject Tests. SAT is a simple and recognizable way of referring to the SAT Reasoning Test.

The SAT measures how well students apply what they have learned in school to analyze and solve problems as they would in college. The skills measured on the SAT are related to those skills needed for success in college. Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That’s why more than two million students take the SAT every year.

What Does the SAT mean to me as a Canadian Volleyball Athlete?
The SAT is predominantly required by American colleges and is not typically used as an entry level test to qualify for a Canadian university or college. The purpose of the SAT is to provide a standardized method of evaluating a prospective student athlete. Consequently, the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA volleyball institutions in the US will use SAT scores as one of the components in the recruiting and admissions process. The NCAA and NAIA both have minimum requirements. The NCAA SAT requirements vary from Div. 1 to Div. III while the NAIA score requirement is 860. When you are in the process of being recruited to an American program they will advise you as to what the SAT requirement is for that particular college or division. The CIS and CCAA volleyball programs in Canada in most instances will not require you to write the SAT and do not have such minimum academic requirements other than that of which the institution requires for general admission.

Why Should I Write the SAT?
If you are serious about obtaining a scholarship to play volleyball and you want to keep your options open for which school you will eventually attend, writing the SAT in your grade 11 year is very important. Taking the SAT will give you more options for schools down the road during the recruiting and school research  process and as a student athlete this is the best case scenario. It’s better to have a good SAT score and not need it than to need it and not have it!

Importance of SAT’s and Official Visits to NCAA US Colleges
In order for you to be eligible to travel on an official paid visit to a US program that is recruiting you, a SAT score will be necessary as a NCAA eligibility requirement. You will also need to provide a copy of your high school transcript. Without both of these documents, an official paid visit will not be permitted. As a result, you should consider that in the future you may be invited to tour a NCAA college. Therefore, plans for studying and writing your SAT’s should take place before you complete grade eleven.
Preparing for SAT’s
Many books and websites provide information on studying for the SAT. The study guide offered on the Collegeboard web site is $69.95 USD but our athletes have used a great book found at Chapters for only $15.95 CDN, which is called “Up Your Score – The Underground Guide to the SAT“.  It is written in a very tongue in cheek style – definately geared to the college age crowd.  Athletes have managed to get through the whole book in one evening – very easy reading, but the skills it teaches are great and a very entertaining read as well.  It gives over 600 definitions and many test question examples.  There is also a web site that supports the book and it has chat rooms etc. to help you prepare and go on line with other students who are preparing as well.  We would really recommend this book and also the web site.  Our athletes have found that they relax a little after reading it because it puts the test in a real funny light and makes you feel like you are not the only one feeling really nervous about the SAT’s.  Lots of great advice about studying and skills to use on the day of the test.

Which SAT Test Should I Register For?
There are two SAT tests, the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Test. The most common test accepted by schools is the SAT Reasoning Test which has three components: #1 Critical Reading, #2 Writing and #3 Math. Each section scores 200-800 points. The new section in the test is section #2 Writing. The writing component inlcudes both multiple choice and a brief essay. The College Board website explains all of this too you.

The SAT Test and the College Board Program
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, which it administers for its association members composed of more than 4,700 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Everything you need to know about taking the SAT, practice tests, registration, Canadian test centers, scoring, etc. is all conducted and administered by the College Board and the collegeboard.com website. The College Board only administers 6 tests per year. Test sites are located throughout Canada including many Canadian High Schools and locations near you can be found on their website.

SAT’s and the NCAA Clearing House
The Clearinghouse is an agency which will provide initial-eligibility certification for all prospective student-athletes wishing to compete as freshmen at NCAA member institutions offering Division I or II volleyball athletics. The Clearinghouse is not a placement agency or an admissions office – it will not locate a college/institution for student-athletes to attend. The NCAA Clearinghouse will provide the student’s initial-eligibility certification results to all colleges/universities that request to receive this information.

In order to participate in athletics and receive athletically-based financial aid you must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse and meet eligibility standards. If you wish to register on-line with the Clearinghouse, you must have a valid VISA or MasterCard. If you received a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT exam and are requesting a waiver of the Clearinghouse fee, you must complete the written version of this form available from your high school or the Clearinghouse. The NCAA Clearinghouse will request your SAT score as part of the registration process which will be reported directly to the Clearinghouse by the College Board who administers your test. Their website will assist you information and your online registration.

NCAA Clearing House Foreign Student Release Form

1) When they ask if you have completed secondary school and you answer no – you must fill in the completed date as June 30th or the request will be rejected.

2) SAT marks should be forwarded by choosing code 9999 on the SAT registration form. Do this for the test that you want to use the marks of.
3) Your school marks must be forwarded to the Clearing House after graduation has taken place. The school must do this because they have to add their seal to make it official. The best way to handle this is to take the request directly to the school with an addressed envelope with postage already on it and ask the school to send the marks.