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College Entrance Exams – What You Need to Know. GRB Counseling Office College Series. What is a college entrance exam?. A standardized test – compares students across the state, country and internationally. Offered on several dates throughout the school year (not during summer vacation).

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college entrance exams what you need to know

College Entrance Exams – What You Need to Know

GRB Counseling Office

College Series

what is a college entrance exam
What is a college entrance exam?

A standardized test – compares students across the state, country and internationally.

Offered on several dates throughout the school year (not during summer vacation).

Required by most four-year and some two-year colleges.

should i plan to take a college entrance exam
Should I plan to take a college entrance exam?

Yes… if you plan to apply to a four-year college.

Yes… if you plan to apply to select two-year colleges.

Maybe… if you plan to apply ONLY to community colleges that do not require college entrance exams for admission.

No… if you do not plan to attend college.

how many college entrance exams are there
How many college entrance exams are there?

There are 2 exams -

the ACT andthe SAT

which exam should i take
Which exam should I take?

Take both exams.

Why?

Most colleges will accept the higher score from either exam.

The two tests are significantly different.

what are the differences
What are the differences?

ACT

SAT

Includes 2 sections each of:

Critical Reading

Mathematics

Includes 1 section of:

Writing

Includes 1 section each of:

English

Mathematics

Reading

Science Reasoning

Writing (optional)

when should i take a college entrance exam
When should I take a college entrance exam?

Before the end of your junior year.

Again, if needed, at the beginning of your senior year.

G. Ray Bodley High School is a test center for ACTs in June, October and December; for SATs in June and December.

why would i want to take the test again
Why would I want to take the test again?

Many colleges offer scholarships based on SAT or ACT scores.

If your first test scores fall just below the cutoff, it would be to your advantage to retake the exam.

Each college that uses SAT or ACT scores to offer scholarships will set their own score levels – know what they are.

is there a cost yes
Is there a cost? Yes!

Registration Fee: Both exams require a registration fee to sign up.

Late Fees: Deadlines are strictly enforced, and late fees are substantial.

Change Fees: Any change (date, location, etc.) to the original registration incurs a fee.

Fee Waivers: Students who meet certain income guidelines may be eligible for a fee waiver to take the exam at no cost to them.

how do i register for a college entrance exam
How do I register for a college entrance exam?

Online: Both testing agencies recommend online registration.

Link through us: Link to both exams through the GRB Guidance website.

Go directly to the College Board or ACT websites.

can i get test accommodations if i have an iep
Can I get test accommodations if I have an IEP?

Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may get test accommodations.

Approval must first be granted by the testing agency.

A request for approval must be submitted well in advance of the testing date. See Mrs. Hallatt or your case manager.

should i take the act plus writing
Should I take the ACT “Plus Writing?”

The ACT exam offers two options: “no writing” and “plus writing.”

Take the ACT “plus writing” if it is the only college entrance exam you are taking.

Take the ACT “no writing” if you will be taking the both the ACT and the SAT.

The SAT Reasoning Test has a mandatory writing section, so colleges will have a writing sample from that exam.

sat reasoning test or the sat subject tests which one
SAT Reasoning Test or the SAT Subject Tests – which one?

Take the SAT Reasoning Test – it is the test most colleges will use to determine acceptance.

Subject Tests are required by some elite colleges and universities.

Subject tests are one hour long tests in specific subjects such as history or biology.

If your college requires Subject Tests, you must also take the SAT Reasoning Test.

what should i do to prepare for the exams
What should I do to prepare for the exams?

Choose challenging course work each year in high school.

Work continuously to improve reading, writing and math skills.

Use free online sources to become familiar with the test directions, test format and the types of questions asked.

Take timed practice tests.

Consider taking a test prep course.

test day what to remember
Test Day - What to remember…

Photo ID – REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION.

Admission ticket with photo - REQUIRED.

An approved calculator with fresh batteries.

Two, no. 2 lead pencils (no mechanical pencils).

If you bring a cell phone, turn it off and put it away – use of your cell will result in dismissal.

Get a good night’s rest and eat a normal breakfast before testing.

Arrive at least 15 minutes early.

once i take the exams how do colleges get my scores
Once I take the exams, how do colleges get my scores?

2 ways:

First, when you register, you can send your score results to 4 colleges or universities for no additional cost – it’s included with your registration fee! You will pay to send scores later.

Second, indicate that GRB is your home school by filling in the appropriate code number. Your scores will be added to your transcript which many colleges will treat as “official.”

what should i do when i leave today
What should I do when I leave today?

Select the exam(s) you will be taking, including and the date(s) and location(s) where you want to take the exams.

Check your calendar so there are no conflicts with other important dates.

Register online.

Print your admission ticket.

Prepare for the exam.

what if i get stuck or have questions
What if I get stuck or have questions?

Your school counselor stands ready to assist you.