AP Classes and SATs for Ivy League Recruiting

by Scott Britton

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Ivy League Football Recruiting.

Chapter Highlights:

  • How AP Classes and SATs will impact your college athletic career
  • The importance of understanding how the Band System works
Now that we have a rough checklist of what you need to do throughout the recruitment process let's dive deeper into academics. Athlete or not, the Ivy League pays a great deal of attention to a student’s academic performance. The better you do in High School, the higher your chances are of getting admitted into an Ivy League University.

I took the PSAT during my sophomore year to get myself acquainted with the standardized testing process and then took the SAT three times between my junior and senior year of high school. My class schedule was a mix of what I felt was challenging while still being manageable. I definitely did not take all honors or AP courses, but had a good mix of them in my schedule.

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Chapter Highlights:

  • How AP Classes and SATs will impact your college athletic career
  • The importance of understanding how the Band System works
Now that we have a rough checklist of what you need to do throughout the recruitment process let's dive deeper into academics. Athlete or not, the Ivy League pays a great deal of attention to a student’s academic performance. The better you do in High School, the higher your chances are of getting admitted into an Ivy League University.

I took the PSAT during my sophomore year to get myself acquainted with the standardized testing process and then took the SAT three times between my junior and senior year of high school. My class schedule was a mix of what I felt was challenging while still being manageable. I definitely did not take all honors or AP courses, but had a good mix of them in my schedule.

Scores do matter. To give you a sense of where I stood, here was my academic profile when I was going through the recruiting process: I took the test 3 times and raised my score from a 1250 to a 1390 out of 1600. I ranked within the top 7% of my class with a GPA somewhere between 3.6 and 3.8.

In some parts of the country the ACT is the standardized test of choice. Many of my fellow Princeton athletes took the ACT instead of the SAT. Check with the colleges you are interested in playing for, but they should accept both. If they accept the ACT and you believe you’d do stronger on it, then take it instead of the SAT.
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