TYPES of TESTS:
The ACT is one of the two main college admission exams. Colleges and universities have found that it’s very useful for predicting who’s capable of succeeding at college-level academic work. Taken with pencil and paper (until 2015), the ACT has either four or five sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science Reasoning, and an optional Writing test. It’s given six times each year, and requires registration in advance. It is scored on a scale of 1 – 36; the average score was 21.1 in a recent year.
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life. Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You’ll also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12. Full Practice SAT Test is available on CollegeBoard : Click here for official CollegeBoard Practice SAT exams with answer explanations.
The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
SAT Subject Tests: Should you take an SAT Subject Test? The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
CLEP stands for College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) These are tests offered through CollegeBoard which is also responsible for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams. CLEP are made up of 33 exams that cover introductory-level college material, and with a qualifying score, students can earn 3 or more college credits. See what colleges accept CLEP scores here
TERMS TO KNOW:
Superscoring - This is a practice used by some colleges where students submit ALL test scores to the college and the college will combine the highest subscores for consideration. All scores will be seen by the college but only the highest scores will be used in the admissions evaluation process. Here is a listing of institutions that superscore.
Test Optional - "This list includes institutions that are "test optional," "test flexible" or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions -- without using ACT or SAT scores -- for all or many applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools." Here is a listing of institutions that are test-optional.
TUTORS and TESTING RESOURCES:
Graphing Calculator - Learning how to use your graphing calculator is one of the easiest ways to improve your score by maximizing your accuracy and efficiency. Joyce Meredith has created programs and a slideshow to walk you through some of the functions here.
ACT Academy: https://academy.act.org/
Union Test Prep: https://uniontestprep.com/act
Official SAT Practice: www.khanacademy.org/sat