Nobody I know enjoys taking tests. Nobody.
But if you’re a high school student-athlete who wants to have a shot at playing college sports, there are some big tests that you have to take. Not taking them could ruin your chances of playing college sports.
I’m talking, of course, about the SAT and ACT tests. Completing either of them with a qualifying score will allow you to compete athletically at the college level. Most students take one of the tests, some take both. I would recommend taking both, as different colleges prefer different tests in evaluating their incoming prospective students.
The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is the most common nationwide. For athletes that have at least a 2.5 grade point average overall in their core courses, a score of 820 is required on the SAT to be eligible for Division I or II athletic participation. Higher scores are needed for lower grade point averages. For the ACT, a score of 68 is needed for students with a 2.5 grade point average and above.
Hint: If you do better in English and general comprehension classes in school, you may score higher on the ACT. If math is easier for you, the SAT will be the test you want to take. They are two very different tests, so try to pick the test that you have the best chance at scoring well on.
When should you take the test? If possible, you should try to have one or two SAT scores on record by the time you end your junior year of high school. That will allow a coach to seriously recruit you heading into the summer of your senior year, because that coach will know that you have a qualifying score and doesn’t need to wait to see if you’re going to pass the test. Take these tests early, prior to your senior year!
What if you haven’t taken either test yet, and you’re a senior? Sign up to take it now! You must sign up to take one of these tests before you graduate if you hope to play college athletics. Don’t delay! Talk to your school coach or counselor immediately and get registered to take the test!
Tests are no fun, but they need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Not taking the SAT or ACT is something that has hurt many talented high school athletes in the past and ruined their chances of playing college athletics. Don’t let it happen to you!