An important aspect of applying for college is understanding the different types of scholarship exams. Obtaining a college degree can be expensive, given the price of tuition and living expenses, but—thankfully—there are a number of scholarships available that can help to lessen your educational costs. Most scholarship applications require that you complete one of several exams. Continue reading to learn more about which tests you will need to take in order to be considered for a scholarship.
For most scholarships, you will have to submit your SAT or ACT scores, in order to be considered for the award. The SAT and ACT are the two standardized tests, which most colleges require as part of your entrance application. Although the latter exam is longer, the ACT often favors students who prefer to take content based exams. These exams test a student’s ability in math, science, English, reading, and writing. On the other hand, the SAT is a logical reasoning test, which benefits students who enjoy reasoning more than learning facts. This test covers verbal and math reasoning skills, as well as a student’s aptitude for writing.
In addition to the submission of your SAT or ACT score, some scholarships also require students to submit their PSAT scores, which are normally taken during a student’s junior or senior year of high school. These test scores can help to give scholarship committees a more rounded picture of a student's aptitude.
Other scholarships, which are focused particularly on a subject, may instead require you to submit an SAT II score, in addition to your SAT or ACT score. The SAT II exams are subject tests, and they help scholarship committees better understand a student’s aptitude in particular areas.
While these are several tests often required as part of a scholarship application, you should read the application guidelines carefully to figure out which tests you need to take and which scores you need to submit. Without submitting the proper test scores, you will definitely disqualify yourself from the applicant pool.