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To Test or Not to Test What you need to know about standardized testing and test optional policies. MINI-CAMP COLLEGE WORKSHOPS
What Are Colleges Considering For Admission Transcript: Course levels & rigor Grades Scores ACT SAT Essay – Personal Statement Extracurricular Activities Positions & Leadership Letter of Recommendation Relationship to Applicant Qualities of Applicant
Why Take A Standardized Test? Colleges use tests like the SAT and the ACT for: Admission – to compare you to other candidates in their application pool Placement – to choose the most appropriate courses for you Advisement – to help guide you in making course or career decisions And many other reasons…
What Does a Score Mean? Nothing. Until its interpreted and used
What is ACT? Since its inception in 1959, the ACT has stayed true to its founders beliefs – that the best way to measure preparedness for college is to measure those skills deemed necessary for college success in the context of the curriculum to which students were exposed. The ACT is and continues to be a curriculum- based, achievement test, but it has become so much more than simply a college admissions & placement test
The ACT consists of… ACT English Test(75 questions, 45 minutes) ACT Math Test(60 questions, 60 minutes) ACT Reading Test (40 questions, 35 minutes) ACT Science Test (40 questions, 35 minutes) ACT Writing Test (1 question, 30 minutes)
English(1-36) Mathematics(1-36) Reading(1-36) Science(1-36) Composite(1-36) Composite not affected by *optional* Writing Test ACT Assessment What Scores Will Be Reported?
Composite not affected by *optional* Writing Test What Scores Will Be Reported? ACT Assessment + Writing Combined English & Writing Score(1-36) Writing Test Subscore(2-12) Narrative interpretation of Writing Test Subscore
What is College Board? Not-for-profit membership organization whose mission it is to connect students to college success and opportunity Committed to excellence and equity in education Develops, with input from members, programs and services related to college preparation, college admission, and financial aid Our best-known programs are the SAT ®, the PSAT/NMSQT ®, and Advanced Placement ® (AP ® )
The SAT consists of… 10 Separately Timed Sections One 25-minute essay Six other 25-minute sections (5 sections will be scored; 1 section is an equating or variable section) Two 20-minute sections One 10-minute section
How is the SAT Scored? Critical Reading Section Math Section Writing Section Multiple Choice = 70% Essay = 30% Total SAT Score Range
Which Are the Major Tests? ACT ACT + Writing SAT SAT Subject Tests
Test Optional Policies
Which is the Best Option? The better question is: Which is the best option for you? Work with your school counselor, independent counselor or college admission counselor to determine which choice best fits your situation.
How Do I find Out? Check the Colleges Website
Ultimately... You have to do the research and find out your colleges requirements You have to make the decision which admission path is best for you You have to succeed once you get in to college We hope that you learned a lot today!