by Amy Jeffrey of MakeMeaFreshman.com
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are not the same. The SAT is almost four hours long and covers math, reading, and writing, while the SAT Subject Tests are each an hour long and cover one specific topic, such as chemistry, math, or Spanish. Different colleges have different testing requirements, so double check to ensure that you understand which tests are required. Also, some colleges require specific SAT Subject Tests. For example, an engineering college might require that you submit the Math II SAT Subject Test.
Different colleges and states have different deadlines for the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid). You lose out on scholarship money if you do not apply by the correct deadline. Go to each college website to check for their specific FAFSA deadlines. Apply as early as possible to maximize financial aid.
Early deadlines are approaching. Many early action and early decision deadlines fall on November 1, so make sure to have your applications ready if you want to apply early. Another early deadline type that is often neglected is the priority deadline for financial aid. Many colleges have priority deadlines for admissions that you must apply before in order to be eligible for the maximum amount of financial aid. You don’t want to miss these deadlines.
Make Me a Freshman can help you avoid these common mistakes. Make Me a Freshman is a free website. All you need to do is choose your colleges to see a checklist with all the specific forms and deadlines, and everything from standardized testing to financial aid to teacher recommendations, plus explanations and reminders along the way. It’s everything you need to know about applying in one place, all for free. And now, thanks to our partnerships with CollegeWeekLive, you can chat in real time with admissions officers from select collected. Check it out at MakeMeAFreshman.com.