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SAT or ACT?. WELCOME To the JSSG Presentation : SAT vs. ACT February 13, 2014. College Admissions SAT or ACT?. Over 700 U.S. colleges do NOT require a standardized test for admission But the majority of colleges require either the SAT or ACT –.

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SAT or ACT?

WELCOME To the JSSG Presentation:

SAT vs. ACT

February 13, 2014


College admissions sat or act
College Admissions SAT or ACT?

  • Over 700 U.S. colleges do NOT require a standardized test for admission

  • But the majority of colleges require either the SAT or ACT –

Since admission to all colleges has become so competitive, you need to decide – which test is best for you?


Facts about the sat and act
Facts about the SAT and ACT

SAT

Act

  • Created and administered by College Board

  • www.collegeboard.com

  • Accepted by all colleges

  • Created and administered by ACT.org

  • http://www.actstudent.org/

  • Accepted by all colleges

US Colleges say they don’t prefer one test over the other . . Japanese and Korean Colleges prefer the SAT .


What s the difference content
What’s the difference?CONTENT

SAT

ACT

  • Reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • 4 sections

  • 3 hours, 45 minutes

  • Curriculum-based

  • Questions more knowledge-based and some think even more “straightforward”

  • 10 sections

  • 2 hours 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes with optional writing test)


Content sections
CONTENT - sections

SAT

ACT

4 sections

  • English (language/rhetoric)

  • Math

  • Science

  • Reading

  • Writing (optional – but colleges require it for admission)

10 sections

  • Essay + 2 multiple choice writing sections

  • 3 critical reading sections

  • 3 math sections

  • 1 experimental section


Content critical reading
CONTENT – Critical Reading

SAT - READING

ACT- Reading

  • 35 minutes

  • 4 reading comprehension passages

  • 40 questions (10 questions per passage)

  • 70 minutes

  • 19 sentence completion

  • 4 short passages, 4 long passages, 2 comparison passages

  • 48 questions passage-based reading

  • More emphasis on VOCABULARY


Content math
CONTENT - Math

SAT – MATH

ACT - Math

  • 70 minutes, 54 questions (45 m.c. + 10 student-produced reponses)

  • Math accounts for ½ (1600) or 1/3 (2400) of total score

  • Topics covered

    Arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and Algebra II

  • Questions may be more reasoning that calculations

  • May use calculator

  • 60 minutes, 60 questions (all multiple choice)

  • Math accounts for ¼ of your total score

  • Topics covered:

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

  • Questions tend to be more straigtforward

  • May use calculator


Content science
CONTENT - Science

Sat – Science

ACT - Science

  • Science not included

  • Science (analysis, interpretation, evaluation, basic content, and problem-solving)


Content the essay
CONTENT – the Essay

SAT - ESSAY

ACT - ESSAY

  • First thing you do

  • 25 minutes

  • Factored into overall writing score

  • Abstract, philosophical topic – pick a side

  • Not optional

  • Last thing you do

  • 30 minutes

  • Not included in composite score

  • Topic is about something of importance to high school students

  • Take position, explain different sides

  • Optional, though most schools require it


Content the essay1
CONTENT – the essay

ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.

  • ACT questions are often easier to understand on a first read. On the SAT, you may need to spend time figuring out what you're being asked before you can start solving the problem. For example, here are sample questions from the SAT essay and the ACT writing test (their name for the essay):

  • SAT: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?ACT: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?


Scoring
SCORING

SAT

ACT

  • Total score = 2400

  • Critical Reading 200-800

  • Math 200-800

  • Writing 200-800

  • Total composite score of 1-36 (based on average of 4 tests)

  • Score of 0-12 for optional essay


Scoring1
SCORING

SAT

ACT

  • GUESSING PENALTY - ¼ point subtracted for wrong answers

  • Your ENTIRE score history will be sent automatically to colleges – you may not choose scores

  • No GUESSING PENALTY – nothing subtracted for wrong answers

  • You decide which scores to send to colleges and may send just your highest scores




Costs
COSTS

SAT

ACT

  • Reasoning Test - $91

    Fee waivers available

  • Change or Late Fee - $27.50

  • 4 score reports free

  • Additional score reports - $11.25

  • ACT (no writing $69.50 USD) ACT + Writing (85.50 USD)

  • ACT + writing - $85.50

  • 4 score reports free

  • Additional score reports $12.00


How to sign up
How to Sign Up

SAT

ACT

  • http://sat.collegeboard.org/register

  • http://www.actstudent.org/regist/



SO?..........

Since colleges accept both . . .

and since some students perform better on the ACT . . .

and some perform better on the SAT . . .

It is to your advantage to investigate both exams.

Free ACT and SAT Practice Tests at SMIS February 15th


Free act sat practice test
Free ACT/SAT Practice TEST!

  • Saturday Febuary 15th in the morning

  • Open to all high school students

  • Sign up will be available later today


The road to college
The Road To College

  • Realistic College List

  • Visit Campus if possible

  • Essay

  • Letters of Reccommendation

  • Apply


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