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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



  • TYPE:

    Reasoning, Problem Solving, Aptitude Test

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


    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


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


    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?


    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


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


    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

  • 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

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 (

ACT: Students register online (

**Fee waivers are available for families with financial need

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


Reporting scores



  • 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

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?


  • GVHS offers 26 AP Courses

  • English

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Math

  • Language

  • Art

  • Music


  • The first two weeks in May

  • Registration occurs in the counseling office

  • Test dates/times strictly determined by the CollegeBoard

  • Alternate exams


  • 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


SAT & Subject Tests


Kaplan’s free online SAT/ACT prep

Free personalized SAT study plan