Just a few weeks after an intensively competitive college-admissions season, the game is on again, with high-school juniors prepping for SAT tests in May. SAT performance may become even more important with the number of high-school graduates hitting a new high this year of 3.32 million, according to the Department of Education. That means stiffer competition for college admissions.
The stakes are huge: This year, Harvard accepted 204 of the 721 students with perfect 800 SAT scores in critical reading and math--an admit rate of 28 percent vs. 7.1 percent for the 1,948 students accepted from a pool of 27,462 applicants. "People feel the SAT is the one thing they can make a difference on," says Lisa Jacobson, who employs more than 100 tutors at her New York-based college-admissions coaching firm, Inspirica. Jacobson spoke with Connie Leslie about what she calls "the five biggest SAT lies of all time."