Question re: SAT score

<p>Hello all,</p>

<p>My name is Dennis and I'm new to all of this, so bear with me. My son Alex is entering 11th grade, so I have begun to scope out the "college thing". Can anyone tell me if there is a demarcation in the SAT scores that significantly increases the likelyhood of substantial scholarship and financial aid money? </p>

<p>Also, does anyone recommend an SAT prep course, and if so which one? </p>

<p>I realize these questions have probably been asked, but I'm just learning how to research using this site. Thanks for your help and patience.</p>

<p>Dennis</p>

<p>The cutoff really depends. You might want to take a look at these threads for the impact of SATs:
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/financial-aid-scholarships/848226-important-links-automatic-guaranteed-merit-scholarships.html?highlight=guaranteed%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/financial-aid-scholarships/848226-important-links-automatic-guaranteed-merit-scholarships.html?highlight=guaranteed&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>This one shows excellent National Merit Finalist scholarships. The cutoff is determined by state.
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/national-merit-scholarships/649276-nmf-scholarships-updated-compilation.html?highlight=national+merit%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/national-merit-scholarships/649276-nmf-scholarships-updated-compilation.html?highlight=national+merit&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I don't know anything about commercial prep classes but have read the one propounded on this site: Xiggi's Prep <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-preparation/68210-xiggis-sat-prep-advice.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-preparation/68210-xiggis-sat-prep-advice.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

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Also, does anyone recommend an SAT prep course, and if so which one?

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<p>The concensus among high scorers on CC is that prep courses are not the way to go. Using the Official SAT Study Guide independently while checking the official online solutions is preferable.</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-preparation/763933-new-feature-best-sat-prep-forum-faqs-please-read-before-posting.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-preparation/763933-new-feature-best-sat-prep-forum-faqs-please-read-before-posting.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Check out the helpful threads there. You'll find Xiggi's advice (which Erin's Dad linked to), my guide, and more.</p>

<p>I took the Princeton Review's course but unless you have $2000 and tons of time lying around, you can easily self study with just about any prep book found in your local Barnes and Nobles. Moreover, your son should always shoot for above an 1850 or above for scholarship money at the least selective colleges and as college selectivity increases, his score should too if you're looking for merit aid. But there's always need based aid at tons of top school if money is a concern to you.</p>

<p>Welcome to CC! :]</p>

<p>Thanks you all for your help! Much appreciated!</p>

<p>Dennis</p>