How to Win Scholarships With Your SAT or ACT Scores

by
Founder, The Knowledge Roundtable

Nov   2013

Fri

01

Getting a good SAT or ACT score can save you thousands of dollars. Getting a great SAT or ACT score can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Many colleges offer scholarships that are tied to your SAT or ACT scores, so you should pull out all the stops to get your scores up so you can qualify for them.

The merit scholarships offered by the University of New Hampshire are a great example. Here are the awards and criteria for a few of those scholarships:

  • Dean’s Scholarship: $1,500 for New Hampshire residents and $6,000 for non-residents who rank in the top 15% of their graduating class (or equivalent level), undertook a strong college preparatory curriculum in which they demonstrated consistent achievement, and have a minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1760 or a minimum composite ACT score of 26.
  • Presidential Scholarship: $5,000 for New Hampshire residents and $10,000 for non-residents who rank in the top 10th of their graduating class (or equivalent level), undertook a strong college preparatory curriculum in which they demonstrated consistent achievement, and have a minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1970 or a minimum composite ACT score of 29.

Over four years, an in-state student would receive $6,000 through the Dean’s Scholarship or $20,000 through the Presidential Scholarship. Out-of-state students have it even better, with $24,000 and $40,000 on the table, respectively.

If you’re sitting on an SAT score of 1500, you may be just one SAT tutoring program away from reaching that 1760 benchmark—especially if you rank in the top 15% of your class, since your 1500 could be an underperformance caused by test anxiety or a faulty test prep strategy. And if you’re sitting on a 1760, you still may be just an SAT tutoring program away from reaching the 1970 benchmark for a higher-tier scholarship.

When you think about the large sums of money available through these scholarships, the price tag for an SAT tutoring program suddenly doesn’t look so bad. Investing $500 to $1,000 in a test prep program could potentially help you achieve a 200-point score increase. The investment could pay off if you land one of those big scholarships.

If you’re interested in a test prep program to help you boost your test scores, get into a great school, and potentially win some scholarship money, explore and discuss the options with your parents and your guidance counselor.

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About Jared Rand

Jared Rand

Jared Rand, founder of The Knowledge Roundtable, is passionate about the advancement of knowledge. His company connects tutors with students through an online marketplace and runs education-related workshops on New Hampshire. Jared has a B.S. in astronomy and physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduate work from the University of Texas at Austin. He has experience writing interactive math problems and solutions and is a professional tutor and entrepreneur.

 
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