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College Entrance Tests. SAT/ACT/Subject Tests AP Exams. SAT vs. ACT. SAT. ACT. TYPE: Reasoning, Problem Solving, Aptitude Test Sample Question: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value? CONTENT: Math- Algebra 1, Basic Geometry & Algebra 2

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College entrance tests

College Entrance Tests

SAT/ACT/Subject Tests

AP Exams


Sat vs act

SAT vs. ACT

SAT

ACT

  • TYPE:

    Reasoning, Problem Solving, Aptitude Test

    Sample Question: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?

  • CONTENT:

    Math- Algebra 1, Basic Geometry & Algebra 2

    Reading- Sentence completion, short & long reading passages, reading comprehension

    Writing- An essay, questions related to: grammar, usage, & word choice

  • FORMAT:

    Begin with 25 minute essay, alternate randomly from math, reading and writing in 10-25 minute sections

  • SCORING:

    Each section is 200-800 points, 2400 is the highest score.

    There is a guessing penalty.

  • TYPE:

    Knowledge, Curriculum, Achievement Test

    Sample Question: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?

  • CONTENT:

    Math- Algebra and Geometry up to Trigonometry

    Reading- Four passages: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities and Natural Science

    English- Grammar

    Science- Charts & Experiments

    Writing- Optional, but cannot be used in place of the SATs if not completed at most institutions

  • FORMAT:

    Begin with and alternate randomly between 60 minute sections of Math, Reading, Science, or English, complete with optional 30 minute writing section

  • SCORING:

    Each subject is scored 1-36 and averaged to create a composite score, 36 is the highest possible score

    There is no guessing penalty.

    (At some institutions ACT scores can be used in place of SAT & SAT subject tests)


When should i test

WHEN SHOULD I TEST?

  • Students will take the PSAT in October of their sophomore and junior years (during the school day) and have the opportunity to take SAT/ACT practice tests through the PTO sophomore and junior year

  • Students should take the SAT and/or ACT during the 2ND Semester of junior year

  • Statistics show students often see an improvement in their score from the first testing to the second, but not generally on a third testing unless some sort of prep is completed


How do i register

HOW DO I REGISTER?

PSATs: GVHS registers all 10th and 11th grade students for this test. The test is taken in October during the school day.

SAT: Students register online (collegeboard.com)

ACT: Students register online (actstudent.org)

**Fee waivers are available for families with financial need


Test prep

TEST PREP

  • PSAT

  • PTO Testing- Practice ACT, SAT, Combo test

  • COURSES (GVHS/Private Classes/Individual Tutoring)

  • Resources on Collegeboard/ACT Websites

  • Kaplan Free Online SAT/ACT Prep

  • Books

  • My College QuickStart

  • www.number2.com


Reporting scores

REPORTING SCORES

SAT/SUBJECT TESTS

ACT

  • Official Scores - must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard

  • Score Choice – gives students the option of sending or suppressing test scores

  • Cost – 4 free score reports (must be determined at time of registration or up to 9 days after testing). $11.00 per report after this period.

    Test scores do not appear on high school transcript

  • Official Scores – must be sent directly from ACT

  • Score Choice – can choose which test dates you want sent

  • Cost - $11.00 per report (4 free reports when designated at registration)

    Test scores do not appear on high school transcript


Subject tests aka sat ii s

SUBJECT TESTS (aka SAT II’s)

Admission tests that measure students’ knowledge and skills in particular subject areas.

Not required by the majority of colleges and universities but many of the most competitive colleges recommend or require that applicants take two or more subject tests.

**Many schools accept the ACT (with writing)in lieu of subject tests


Subject tests cont d

Subject Tests (cont’d)

  • English Literature

  • World Languages

  • U.S. & World History

  • Math (level I and II)

  • Science

    • Biology

    • Chemistry

    • Physics

  • Which subject test(s) should students take?

  • When should subject tests be taken?

  • When are subject tests are offered?

  • How many subject tests can students take?


Ap exams

AP Exams

Who? When? Why?


College entrance tests

WHO?

  • GVHS offers 26 AP Courses

  • English

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Math

  • Language

  • Art

  • Music


College entrance tests

WHEN?

  • The first two weeks in May

  • Registration occurs in the counseling office

  • Test dates/times strictly determined by the CollegeBoard

  • Alternate exams


College entrance tests

WHY?

  • Prepare students for college-level coursework

  • Rigor is a factor in most admissions decisions

  • College credit

  • AP Scores are typically used for awarding credit and placement – not a factor in admissions decisions


Additional information

Additional Information

  • Testing Accommodations

    Must obtain prior approval through testing agency

  • Fee Waivers

    Check testing agency’s website for eligibility requirements

  • Test optional schools

    www.fairtest.org/university/optional


Resources

RESOURCES

www.collegeboard.com

SAT & Subject Tests

www.act.org

ACT

www.kaptest.com/kas

Kaplan’s free online SAT/ACT prep

www.quickstart.collegeboard.com

Free personalized SAT study plan


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