SAT, PSAT and ACT

test taking

OVERVIEW
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.

PREP CLASSES & RESOURCES
Program: Lentz & Lentz Summer SAT/PSAT Review
Summer Program

Program: Princeton Review through the Community School
Summer Program

Resource: SAT Online Practice with questions and study tips
SAT Help

PSAT
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. Juniors are recommended to take the test and sophomores may take it as well. It is given once every year in October. See attached for more information.

SAT
The SAT testing program consists of the SAT I, which includes a Reading and Writing Score and a Math Score, and the SAT Subject Tests, which include tests that test 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.

The SAT Subject Tests may be taken when the appropriate level of course has been completed. As one example, many students take the Biology SAT Subject Test 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. For more information about the SAT through the College Board.

Register for the SATsat.collegeboard.org/register

SAT 2019 - 2020 CALENDAR: View the dates

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testing

ACT
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.

Register for the ACTactstudent.org

ACT 2019 - 2020 CALENDAR: View the dates

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