I have to take the SAT's?!?

  1. :uhoh21: Ooooh goody, I get to take the SAT's. I'm a non traditional student, 24, single mom, transferring from a community college to UNLV. I haven't taken any math since I was 16, and so they need me to take the SAT's in order to know which math class to start with. I'm more than a little nervous. Not to mention the fact that I'll be taking said test in a HIGHSCHOOL cafeteria, with a bunch of teen agers. UGH... talk about test anxiety. I have to get a 500 to start in intermediate algebra (MATH 096), which is where I think I should be. I went pretty far in highschool math, but it's been 8 years. Does any one have any math review suggestions? I'm scheduled for the test May 1st. Although, I think it will be cool to finally have an SAT score. I didn't take then in highschool.

    Megan
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  3. by   BamaGirlRN
    Quote from DieTryin'
    :uhoh21: Ooooh goody, I get to take the SAT's. I'm a non traditional student, 24, single mom, transferring from a community college to UNLV. I haven't taken any math since I was 16, and so they need me to take the SAT's in order to know which math class to start with. I'm more than a little nervous. Not to mention the fact that I'll be taking said test in a HIGHSCHOOL cafeteria, with a bunch of teen agers. UGH... talk about test anxiety. I have to get a 500 to start in intermediate algebra (MATH 096), which is where I think I should be. I went pretty far in highschool math, but it's been 8 years. Does any one have any math review suggestions? I'm scheduled for the test May 1st. Although, I think it will be cool to finally have an SAT score. I didn't take then in highschool.

    Megan

    Huh?? UNLV doen't have placement tests for that purpose?? I have never heard of anyone having to take the SAT's for math placement. I took placements tests for math and english that were done through the school I was going to.
  4. by   CaterpillarGirl
    Yup, that's what I thought too. I took a placement test at the CC I go to in Washington. I was placed in intermediate algebra, but was unable to take it (schedule conflicts). I emailed UNLV asking if they had the same type of placement test, or if they could use the one from my CC, butthe email I got today says I either have to take the ACT's or the SAT's. I just registered for them
  5. by   TopCat1234
    i mean if you're 24, it's been at least 5 years since hs graduation. they would still want you to take the sat? how strange!

    topcat
  6. by   CaterpillarGirl
    I mean, I guess I understand, they need some idea of where to place me for math classes, since I haven't taken one at the college level yet. But I assumed that they would have some sort of supplementary exam. I didn't think I'd have to take the SAT's.
  7. by   MyReign1
    DieTryin,

    Generally with the schools here in Oklahoma if you are over 21 you are not required to take the ACT or SAT. Thats the case even if you have never stepped foot on a college campus. The fact that you are a transfer student and you're over 21 and you have to take the SAT seems weird. Do they know how old you are? Maybe this is just the way its's done here. Doesn't hurt to check again though.
  8. by   CaterpillarGirl
    I checked with them again, and I guess whoever told me I had to take the SAT's was wrong. They have a placement test I can take at the college.

    Unfortunately, I already registered to take the SAT's and they have a policy of not goving refunds. They said I could write a letter to the administration, but it wasn't likely that they'd give the money back.
  9. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from DieTryin'
    I checked with them again, and I guess whoever told me I had to take the SAT's was wrong. They have a placement test I can take at the college.

    Unfortunately, I already registered to take the SAT's and they have a policy of not goving refunds. They said I could write a letter to the administration, but it wasn't likely that they'd give the money back.
    I'd get that person at the college who told you that you had to take it to sign a paper saying he/she made a mistake and that you shouldn't have registered, etc... that may get your money back.
  10. by   MyReign1
    Quote from DieTryin'
    I checked with them again, and I guess whoever told me I had to take the SAT's was wrong. They have a placement test I can take at the college.
    Unfortunately, I already registered to take the SAT's and they have a policy of not goving refunds. They said I could write a letter to the administration, but it wasn't likely that they'd give the money back.
    That really sucks. I always make several calls to my university when I have questions. When I was receiving financial aid back in the day, I would camp out in the financial aid dept until my issue was handled. I found out early that they tell you anything to get you out of their office. After a while they made sure I was taken care of.

    I no longer question them about anything, now. People laughed at me for reading the entire undergraduate catalog front to back. Now people ask me about the college policies. Sometimes colleges\universities screw up big time with their "stock" answers they neglect to delve into each particular situation. Each situation is unique and may require a different answer.

    My niece called me last week excited that she wold be able to attend this particular university near me. THey told her that since she was a transfer student that they would not need to look at her ACT scores. I knew that was incorrect, I told her that since she hadn't been accepted originally she would need 24 hours in order to transfer. SHe had my cousin call them and they told her the same answer. I called my friend who works at the university to confirm and of course my niece needs 24 hours. She was so disappointed.

    No need to try to even try to track down the person who gave you that information. No one will admit it.
  11. by   iliel
    What you need to take is the ACT residual exam, the will only test you in one area. I took it and it's only good at UNLV, it's not a real ACT or SAT.
  12. by   CaterpillarGirl
    Yeah, that's the info they gave me the day after I registered for the SAT's. Now I just have to try to get the $$ back from the SAT people. They have a policy against refunds.
  13. by   orrnlori
    Since it's paid for and you'll likely not get your money back, why don't you go on a take the test. If you want to get into a 4 year program later on, you'll likely have to have it anyway. I took the ACT's even though I didn't have to (looked like the only one old enough to vote in the room I was in) and scored quite well and scored high enough to enter any program considered "highly selective". Since I went on with my education I was glad it was done. One less hoop to jump through. At 24 you are much closer to the subject matter than I was at 39. You may be very pleasantly surprised. The SAT or ACT isn't any worse than the tests you'll be taking in nursing school.

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