Listen. Learn. Engage.
Q: Is Grade 10 too early?
A: It is never too early to learn how to communicate with visiting admissions counselors.
Q: But I haven't even begun researching about colleges or universities. What can I ask?
A: Introducing yourself as a grade 10 student and asking general questions about size, location and programs offered will give you an idea about what you might like or what you don't.
Q: Well, I'm not sure what is important to me yet. What then?
A: You can ask them what they think you should be doing now in regards to how to start the university research? Are there some important considerations that they feel are really important and perhaps are often overlooked by most Grade 10 students?
In the end, it is about engaging in a dialogue and learning how to actively listen for answers that may not be in a college website or provided in an email. If you are too intimated by your dream school, try it out with a school you know you won't be applying to...in the end, you have nothing to lose. And moreover, the experience will help you prepare for upcoming college, internship and IB interviews alike!
News Article from The College Board: "SAT is Not Scored on a Curve"
Students do not receive any advantages by traveling to another region of the world or time zone to take the SAT. That is simply not how it works. Despite rumors & chatter to the contrary, SAT is not scored on a curve. Students are much better off taking the SAT without jet lag in our own very familiar venue - the MPR here at school.
What’s important to know is that a student’s SAT score reflects the number of questions that the student answered correctly on the test independent of how other students answered the same questions.
The College Board use different SAT test forms across different time zones for the same administration. They also use different test forms across different test administrations (October 2018 vs March 2019 vs May 2016, etc.).
While they do their best to plan for consistency across test forms across various administrations, on occasion there are some test forms that can be more difficult or easier than other test forms. That is why they use a statistical process called equating. The equating process ensures fairness for all students. It should not matter which test form a student took or when the student took it. Equating makes sure that a score for a test form taken on one date is equivalent to a score from another date. So, for example, a single incorrect answer on one test could equal two or three incorrect answers on a more difficult test.
Equating is used for every SAT administration and is standard practice for assessments like the SAT or ACT or A-Levels or AP or IB or what have you. That said, every SAT is scored the same way, no matter where or when it is administered. Through equating, adjustments are made so that, when a test form is easier, more questions need to be answered correctly, and when the form is more difficult, fewer questions need to be answered correctly.
Note that a similar situation occurred in the U.S. in June of 2018, and generated very similar confusion among students in some regions of the U.S./ Americas.
These blog posts, developed in response to questions from U.S.-based students, remain relevant to this situation:
More information can be found at https://sat.org/scores and at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/how-sat-is-scored. This video is also helpful in describing how the SAT is scored, particularly the equating process: https://youtu.be/MDoc0qoKSHA; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDoc0qoKSHA&feature=youtu.be