Many soccer players spend hours training on the field perfecting their skills hoping to one day receive a scholarship so they can play varsity soccer. They put together highlight videos and market themselves to coaches across the country. Then they have the attention of several different varsity coaches. However, despite all of their efforts many athletes put aside the importance of education, more specifically preparing for the SAT exam.
All high school students (Canadian or American) are required to write the SAT test if they wish to play college soccer. Scoring well on the exam can only open more doors for you. How so? Firstly, there’s the obvious of receiving more scholarship money but this time academic scholarships. This can be extremely important when being recruited by smaller schools that often don’t have a lot of athletic scholarships. This can still be a possibility with division 1 schools but is often the case with division 2, division 3, and NAIA schools.
The truth is most schools receive money from the other sports programs aside from soccer. American football produces a lot of money and as a result some of that money is used to help the smaller varsity programs including soccer. However, some schools don’t have American football and as a result have to find money from other sources. This is why scoring well on the SAT is so important.
Scoring well on the SAT exam is also another way to receiving a full scholarship. Perhaps your coach will offer 60% athletic scholarship while the remaining 40% will be covered through academic scholarship. Also, if you are Canadian being recruited to an American school, scoring well on the SAT test can greatly help in the situation that your high school grades actually become lower once they have been converted to the American grading system.
At the end of the day receiving a soccer scholarship requires a lot of effort behind the scenes and away from the soccer field. Do not neglect the SAT test. Write it early in your high school years so that you can re-write it and score higher the second time around. If possible, I recommend hiring a tutor who can help you prepare as this is a specific exam that examines specific areas of your knowledge. The exam is different than other exams you’ll take throughout high school and deserves special attention on its own.
End of the day, scoring well on the SAT test will only open up more doors for you. With that being said, take the time to prepare and create more opportunities for yourself.