About the ACT and SAT

For entrance into most four year colleges or universities, a student must take either the ACT or SAT during the spring of the junior year or fall of the senior year. Many colleges will take either score so students are encouraged to take both the ACT and SAT to determine which test is a better test for the individual student. It is also very important for students to research colleges and universities for policies regarding requiring the writing portion of the exams for admission. Each college will have individual policies with regard to how multiple test records are used. It is also important to note that these scores are a only a piece of the overall application and too much emphasis should not be placed on these exams. Many college admission offices recommend taking each exam no more than two times.

The ACT test is a test of educational development and measures how much the student has already learned. It reflects the high school experience, being more closely tied to curriculum and covering concepts taught in most secondary schools. The ACT consists of tests in four areas: English, Reading, Math, and Science Reasoning and an optional Writing test. There are no penalties for a wrong answer so students are encouraged to answer ALL questions.

Registration available on-line at www.actstudent.org

The SAT reasoning test measures critical thinking abilities related to successful performance in college.

The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiple choice tests that measure knowledge of particular subjects and ability to apply that knowledge. A student applying to more highly selective colleges must complete at least two subject tests in addition to the SAT and/or ACT with Writing. Please consult your counselor and college websites to determine if you need to take the Subject Tests.

Registration and practice materials are available in the counseling center or on-line at student.collegeboard.org

The SAT has announced a redesign of the SAT which will launch in the Spring of 2016. For more information on the changes and how students can prepare, please visit www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat

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