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College Aptitude Testing. SAT/ PSAT ACT/ PLAN 2010. What are aptitude test?. How prepared are you for college level work? How prepared are you for TAKS? How prepared are you for the classes you are taking?. The BIG 2. ACT EXPLORE (8 th ) PLAN (10 th ) SAT PSAT (11 th ). ACT/PLAN.

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College aptitude testing

College Aptitude Testing




What are aptitude test
What are aptitude test?

  • How prepared are you for college level work?

  • How prepared are you for TAKS?

  • How prepared are you for the classes you are taking?

The big 2
The BIG 2

  • ACT

    • EXPLORE (8th)

    • PLAN (10th)

  • SAT

    • PSAT (11th)

Act plan

  • 4 Tested Areas

    • English

    • Math

    • Reading

    • Science

    • Scoring:

      • ACT = 36

      • PLAN = 32

Act plan subtests
ACT/ PLAN Subtests

P L A N E n g l i s h T e s t

  • 30 minutes

  • Content/Skills Number of Items

  • Usage/Mechanics 30

  • Punctuation 7

  • Grammar and Usage 9

  • Sentence Structure 14

  • Rhetorical Skills 20

  • Strategy 6

  • Organization 7

  • Style 7

  • Total 50

P L A N M a t h e m a t i c s T e s t

  • 40 minutes

  • Content Area Number of Items

  • Pre-Algebra/Algebra 22

  • Pre-Algebra 14

  • Elementary Algebra 8

  • Geometry 18

  • Coordinate Geometry 7

  • Plane Geometry 11

  • Total 40

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ACT/ PLAN Subtests

P L A N R e a d i n g T e s t

  • 20 minutes

  • Content Area Number of Items

  • Prose Fiction 8

  • Humanities 9

  • Social Studies 8

  • Total 25

P L A N S c i e n c e T e s t

  • 25 minutes

  • Content Area Format Number of Items

  • Biology Earth/Space


  • Data Representation 10

  • Research Summaries 14

  • Chemistry Physics

  • Conflicting Viewpoints 6

  • Total 30

Why take plan
Why Take PLAN?

  • PLAN shows you your strengths and weaknesses in English, math, reading, and science

  • PLAN lets you know if you’re on target for college

  • PLAN helps you find careers that match your interests

  • PLAN helps you prepare for the ACT

Plan testing dates
PLAN Testing Dates

Thursday, November 18th

10th Grade Students ONLYFREE

Act test dates cost 48 00 ask your counselor about fee waivers

ACT Test DatesCost = $48.00 (Ask your counselor about Fee waivers)

September 11, 2010

October 23, 2010

December 11, 2010

February 12, 2011

April 9, 2011

June 11, 2011

Act registration

ACT Registration


Sat psat nmsqt

  • The test assesses the academic skills that you’ve developed over the years, primarily through your course work.

  • These skills are considered essential for success in high school and college:

  • Critical Reading

  • Mathematics

  • Writing Skills

How does the psat nmsqt compare to the sat
How does the PSAT/NMSQTcompare to the SAT?

  • Question Types:

    • The same, except the PSAT/NMSQT does not have an essay component.

  • Length:

    • The PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours, 10 minutes.

    • The SAT is 3 hours, 45 minutes.

  • Level of Difficulty:

    • The PSAT/NMSQT does not have 11th grade-level math questions.

Sat psat subtests
SAT/ PSAT Subtests

Critical Reading Questions

  • Use content from:

    • -humanities

    • -social studies

    • -natural sciences

    • -literature

  • 13 Sentence Completions

  • 35 Passage-Based Reading Questions

  • (100- to 800-word passages)

Critical Math Questions

  • Use content from:

    • -number and operations

    • -algebra and functions;

    • -geometry and measurement

    • -data analysis

    • -statistics

    • -probability

  • 28 Multiple-Choice Questions

  • 10 Student-ProducedResponse Questions (“Grid-ins”)

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SAT/ PSAT Subtests

Critical Writing Questions

  • Focus on editing, grammar, usage, and organization.

  • 20 Improving Sentences Questions

  • 14 Identifying Sentence Error Questions

  • 5 Improving Paragraph Questions


Multiple-choice questions:

  • 1 point for each correct

  • ¼ point deducted for each incorrect

  • Math grid-ins:

  • 1 point for each correct

  • 0 points for each incorrect

  • 0 points for omitted questions

    • Scale:

    • 20-80 for each test section


  • 11th Graders: 47-50

  • 10th Graders: 43-46

  • Younger Students: 38-42

  • Psat nmsqt test date

    PSAT/NMSQT Test Date

    Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010


    All Eligible 9th, 10th and 11th

    (Only 11th can qualify as NMSQ)

    What do i need to do to be considered for the national merit scholarship
    What do I need to do to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship

    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT during your junior year of HS

    • Your Selection Index score must be at qualifying standard (approx. 215)

    • Scores of 215, student is considered a semifinalist and will then submit an application for the NMS

    • Student must then register to take the SAT.

    • Semifinalist and Finalist are put in direct contact with 2 Universities of their choice.

    • Schools are provided with lists of students meeting the criteria for Semifinalist.

    Sat test dates cost 47 ask the counselors about fee waivers

    SAT Test Dates ScholarshipCost = $47 (Ask the counselors about fee waivers)

    October 9, 2010

    November 6, 2010

    December 4, 2010

    January 22, 2011

    March 12, 2011

    May 7, 2011

    June 4, 2011

    Registration for the sat

    Registration for the SAT Scholarship


    SEE Counselor BLOG SPOT

    Taks and college readiness
    TAKS and College Readiness Scholarship

    • You MUST score at least a 2200 on your TAKS in the areas of Math and ELA and have a 2 on your writing to be considered college ready.

    • Students NOT scoring this can show they are college ready with their ACT/SAT or ACCUPLACER test.

    • Cisco will NOT allow you to enroll in classes without meeting college readiness standards.

    • ACCUPLACER is an ONLINE assessment that is $10 and is given at Cisco or TSTC. (also a collegeboard test)

    • This specifically applies to Dual Credit courses.

    Notification of eligibility for automatic college admission
    Notification Scholarshipof Eligibility for Automatic College Admission

    In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §51.803, a student is eligible for automatic admission to a college or university as an undergraduate student if the applicant earned a grade point average in the top 10 percent of the student's high school graduating class, or the top 8 percent for admission to the University of Texas at Austin, and the applicant: (1) successfully completed the requirements for the Recommended High School Program (RHSP) or the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP); or (2) satisfied ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment or earned on the SAT assessment a score of at least 1,500 out of 2,400 or the equivalent.

    • To qualify for automatic admission an applicant must: (1) submit an application before the deadline established by the college or university to which the student seeks admission; and (2) provide a high school transcript or diploma that indicates whether the student has satisfied or is on schedule to satisfy the requirements of the RHSP or DAP or the portion of the RHSP or DAP that was available to the student. Colleges and universities are required to admit an applicant for admission as an undergraduate student if the applicant is the child of a public servant who was killed or sustained a fatal injury in the line of duty and meets the minimum requirements, if any, established by the governing board of the college or university for high school or prior college-level grade point average and performance on standardized tests. 

    Texas tech
    Texas ScholarshipTech


    • Top 10% No Minimum

    • First Quarter 25 1140

    • Second Quarter 28 1230

    • Third Quarter 29 1270

    • Fourth Quarter Application Review

    Ut austin
    UT ScholarshipAustin

    • SAT Critical Reading: 530 - 660

    • SAT Math: 570 - 700

    • SAT Writing: 530 - 660

    • ACT Composite: 24 - 30

    Texas a m
    Texas ScholarshipA&M

    • SAT Critical Reading: 530 - 640

    • SAT Math: 570 - 670

    • SAT Writing: 500 - 620

    • ACT Composite: 24 - 30

    How do i get there
    How do I get there? Scholarship

    ? IDK ?


    • Continuous reading improves vocabulary and develops essential skills.

    • Read more books than just those required for class.

      • Take Challenging Courses!

      • This will help you to develop and strengthen your critical thinking skills.

    • Take the practice test in the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.

    • Understand scoring and “educated guessing.”

    • Familiarize yourself with the test’s format, questions types, and directions.

    College aptitude testing
    PSAT Scholarship

    • When you sit down to take the test:

      • Read all of the directions.

      • Read all of each question’s answer choices.

      • Do scratch work in the test book.

      • Work at a steady pace.

    • If you skip a question:

      • Note it in the test book.

      • Leave it blank on the answer sheet.

      • Return to it if there is time.

      • Remember: you don’t have to answer every question to score well.

        In most sections, the questions are arranged from easy to more difficult (except for passage-based reading in the critical reading section and improving paragraphs in the writing skills section).

    • Wild guessing is discouraged, but students should make educated guesses when answer choices can be eliminated.

    Study skills checklist for students
    Study Skills Checklist for Students Scholarship

    • Set a regular time and place to study each day and throughout the week.

    • Keep a daily “to do” list.

    • Set goals for yourself.

    • Do your reading assignments before the material is discussed in class.

    • Pay close attention and take good notes in class.

    • Prepare for tests during your regular study

      times instead of cramming at the last minute.

    Financial planning for college
    Financial Planning for College Scholarship

    • Start learning now about how much college will cost

    • Learn about different forms of financial aid available

    • Start saving now for college

    • Think about how good grades

      and ACT scores can help make college

      more affordable

    Keys to good educational and career planning
    Keys to Good Educational and Career Planning Scholarship

    • Take challenging college prep courses in high school.

    • Explore the many career options available to you and think about how your career choices will affect your future.

    • Set career goals and develop an educational

      plan to achieve them.

    Collegeboard com Scholarship