SAT, PSAT and ACT Test Info

SAT, PSAT & ACT Test Info for 2017-2018


In addition to the mandated state tests, there are also other tests which become part of a student’s post-high school planning. These include the PSAT, SAT, AND ACT.
 
The PSAT is a preliminary practice test for the SAT. It is a shorter test than the SAT but contains the same type of questions. It is given once every year in October. The PSAT will be administered here at the High School to  Juniors and Sophomores  on  Saturday ,October 14th.

REGISTRATION FOR THE PSAT TO BE GIVEN ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH. JUNIORS SHOULD TAKE THIS PRACTICE TEST AND SOPHOMORES MAY ALSO TAKE IT. TO REGISTER, BRING A CHECK FOR $20.00 MADE OUT TO GLEN ROCK HIGH SCHOOL TO THE GUIDANCE OFFICE. WHEN YOU REGISTER, YOU WILL BE GIVEN PRACTICE MATERIALS FOR THE TEST.
 
The SAT testing program consists of the SAT I, which includes a Reading and Writing Score and a Math Score, and the SAT II, which tests a student’s knowledge in a particular subject area. A redesigned SAT was offered beginning with the March, 2016, administration. Among the changes include a  reverting back to the 1600 scoring scale  from the 2400 scoring scale by combining Reading and Writing scores. An expanded score report will include five separate scores that will more clearly identify strengths and weaknesses. Students will have a choice of taking the test on paper or on the computer, and there will no longer be a penalty for guessing. The essay will be optional, and the test shortened to three hours without the essay. Multiple choice questions will have four possible answers instead of five. There are also internal changes to the Reading, Writing, and Math sections.
 
SAT Online Practice Resources
The following is a free online resource for students preparing for the SAT. It has practice questions and study tips.
Click here for SAT help.
SAT 2017-2018 TEST CALENDAR
Test Dates:
Aug. 28
Oct. 7
Nov. 4
Dec. 2
March 10
May 5
June 2
Registration Deadlines:
Regular:
July 28
Sept. 8
Oct. 5
Nov. 2
Feb. 9
April 8
May 3
Late:
Aug. 15
Sept. 27
Oct. 25
Nov. 21
Feb. 28
April 25
May 23

The SAT II Subject Tests may be taken when the appropriate level of course has been completed. As one example, many students take the Biology SAT II at the end of the year in which they complete Biology.Students should be aware of the timing of these tests  and also check with their counselors with any questions.

More information about the SAT may be found by visiting the website : www.collegeboard.com

Registration for the SAT is done online : sat.collegeboard.org/register


The ACT is composed of four tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning,  with or without Writing.The new was introduced in the spring of 2015. Students have the choice of taking the test on paper or on  the computer.An expanded score report will include a Career Readiness Indicator,Text Complexity Progress Indicator, and essay subscores.The essay has been changed slightly to provide more direction to the students.In the math test, there will be an additional question about probability and statistics. For the reading test, there will now be a paired passage.

ACT 2017-2018 TEST CALENDAR

Test Dates:
Sept. 9
Oct. 28
Dec. 9
Feb. 10
April 14
June 9
July 14
Registration Deadlines:
Regular:
Aug. 4
Sept. 22
Nov. 3
Jan. 12
Mar. 9
May 4
June 15
Late:
Aug. 5-18
Sept. 23- Oct. 6
Nov. 4-17
Jan. 13-19
Mar. 10-23
May 5-18
June 16-22

Registration for the ACT is done online:  www.actstudent.org    Information about ACT Test Centers may also be found on this website.

Most students take some SAT/ACT testing during junior year, usually beginning in the spring, although the decision as to when to take the tests rests with each student’s needs. Many choose to rake additional testing during the fall of senior year. The number of times and time frame in which a student takes the SAT/ACT also varies with the individual needs and planning decisions of each student.

**IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS REGISTER EARLY FOR ANY TESTING DATES. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE DEADLINES TO REGISTER, AS TEST CENTERS FILL UP VERY EARLY.