Facing the Standardized Tests
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. It includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT with writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).
General Information can be found online at http://www.actstudent.org/ including registration, test dates and locations, fees, test day checklist, and score repot information.
ACT Test Dates can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
Practice and Preparation at http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html
ACT also offers:
- ACT Question of the Day (free)
- ACT Preparation Booklet (free)
- Practice Test Questions (free)
- Test Tips (free)
- Test Descriptions (free)
- Official ACT Online Prep
- Official ACT Prep Guide
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess a student's academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
Head to the SAT Official Website for information about registration, dates & locations, fees, test day checklist and score report information.
SAT Test Dates sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-dates
Official SAT practice and preparation can be found at sat.collegeboard.org/practice
SAT also offers:
- SAT Question of the Day
- Sample SAT questions (free)
- Full SAT sample test (free)
- Official SAT online course
- Official SAT study guide
- Sample SAT subject test questions (free)
- SAT Skills Insight
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, writing skills.
Reasons for taking the PSAT:
- Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus his/her preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional practice.
- Students can compare his/her test performance with that of a nationwide group of students planning to enter college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from National Merit Scholarship Competition (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT by becoming familiar with the kinds of questions and directions seen on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges if you decide to participate in the Student Search Service.
Families experiencing financial difficulty and need assistance in paying for college applications or college tests (ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP) may qualify for a fee waiver. Please contact your school counselor for more information.