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Testing… College Entrance Exams ACT and SAT. Senior Advisement August 24. Introduction. Most colleges require some type of entrance exam. Additionally, exam results can be used by colleges to determine eligibility for scholarships or award college credit. Some of these include:

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Most colleges require some type of

entrance exam. Additionally, exam

results can be used by colleges to

determine eligibility for scholarships or

award college credit.

Some of these include:

  • ACT – American College Test
  • SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • SAT subject tests (Formerly SAT II)
  • Advanced Placement Exams
let s explore the two most common
Let’s explore the two most common:

ACT – American College Test

  • Description: Three-hour exam; 215 questions; measures achievement in English, math, reading and science. The ACT Plus includes a 30-minute writing test. Scores on each section are averaged to create a composite score. Perfect score is 36. Students in the Midwest and South generally take the ACT.
  • Usually Taken: Spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year (or both, if you want a practice run).
  • Tips and Strategies: Your score is based on the number of correct answers ONLY. If you aren’t sure, take a guess – it can’t hurt you and it could help. Harder questions are worth the same amount as easy ones. Answer the easy questions first and leave the more time-consuming questions till the end.
sat scholastic aptitude test
SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Description: Comprised of a 70-minute critical reading section, a 70-minute math section and a 60-minute writing section. Scoring on each section ranges from 200-800 points. Scores on the essay range from 1-6 points. Students in the East and West generally take the SAT.
  • Usually Taken: Spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year (or both, if you want a practice run).
  • Tips and Strategies: The SAT carries a “wrong answer penalty.” If you guess right, you gain a point; if you guess wrong, you are penalized. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong before guessing. You can retake the test to improve your score, but your college will send all available scores to your prospective college, including the results of tests you have taken previously. The SAT does not allow students to send only their latest and/or best scores.
so what s the difference
So, what’s the difference?



  • Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized.
  • Focuses more on vocabulary.
  • Broken up into more sections.
  • Colleges look at the individual scores more than the total
  • Guessing penalty
  • Content based
  • Includes a science section – but it’s more to test your reading skills.
  • Tests more advanced math (includes Trig).
  • Writing section is not required.
  • Composite score more important than individual scores.
  • No guessing penalty
for more info follow the link
For more info follow the link:
  • http://www.kaptest.com/College/Getting-into-College/About-the-Tests/SAT/sat-vs-act.html
so which one should i take
So, which one should I take?
  • Consider your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Compare that to the areas tested on each test.
  • Check if the schools you plan on applying to accept both or prefer one.
  • Consider taking both and seeing which one you do better on.
how do i register to take the sat
How do I register to take the SAT?
  • Online
    • http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/how-to-register
    • Need a credit or debit card
  • By mail
    • you'll need an SAT Paper Registration Guide, which is available at your school counselor's office
    • A registration form and return envelope are included with the SAT Paper Registration Guide
    • pay by check or money order (payable to "The College Board")
    • You cannot pay cash with either option.
fee waivers
Fee Waivers
  • Who is eligible?
    • High school students in the United States who cannot afford to pay the test fees are eligible.
  • What do they cover?
    • covers the registration fees for a single test date, either for the SAT or for up to three SAT Subject Tests.
    • four additional flexible score reports can be ordered any time after you register, even after you've seen your scores.
    • Waivers cover either the Question-and-Answer Service or the Student Answer Service (for the SAT only) when ordered during registration.
    • A discount on The Official SAT Online Course™ is available when ordered during online registration.
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Fee Waivers
  • You cannot use fee waivers for late registration, so make sure you apply early!
  • How do I apply for one?
    • Only your counselor or authorized agency can grant you a fee waiver.
  • How many do I get?
    • Four total waivers are available — two for the SAT and two for the SAT Subject Tests.
important upcoming sat dates at jchs
Important Upcoming SAT datesat JCHS

Test Date

  • November 3, 2012
  • March 9, 2013

Registration Deadline

  • October 4, 2012
  • February 8, 2013
  • If you qualified for an SAT fee waiver, you also qualify for FOUR application fee waivers for college.
sat practice questions
SAT practice questions
  • http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-questions
now lets do that all over again with the act
Now lets do that all over again with the ACT 

How to register for the ACT

  • Online (Costs the same)
  • By mail
    • Lets you choose preferential seating
    • Need other accommodations (like extended time)


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Fee Waivers
  • How many do I get?
    • You can apply for up to two fee waivers
  • How do I get one?
    • This information is only available thru your guidance office
  • Anything it won’t cover?
    • Does not cover late registration fees
important act dates at jchs
Important ACT datesat JCHS

Test dates:

  • October 27, 2012
  • December 8, 2012
  • February 9, 2013
  • April 13, 2013

Registration Deadlines:

  • September 21, 2012
  • November 2, 2012
  • January 11, 2013
  • March 8, 2013