ACT Explore: 9 th grade Assesses college readiness in : EnglishMath Reading Science Career Interest Inventory Indentifies career areas that match interests Plots self-reported career interest on world of work map Preview to ACT
PSATs Who Takes It? 10 th and 11 th graders Parents pay registration fee unless participating in free/reduced lunch program What is it? Preliminary or practice SAT Three Sections: Critical Reading, Math, Writing Scores: 20 to 80 Where and When? UDHS 3 rd Wednesday in October
PSATs Why? Practice Learning Tool & Educational Planning Students will get their scores & test booklet My College Quick Start - available in mid-December National Merit Consideration – Junior Year only
Testing for College All colleges accept equally the SAT or ACT. Many of the most competitive colleges require more testing: Subject Tests Many students choose to take AP Exams to receive college credit for courses taken in high school.
SAT Calendar of Test Dates October 5, 2013 November 2, 2013 December 7, 2013 January 25, 2014 March 8, 2014* May 3, 2014 June 7, 2014 *No Subject Tests offered on this date
ACT When and Where? Upper Dublin is a test center in October and April Offered at some local school districts. Test dates are different than those for SATs September 21, 2013 October 26, 2013 December 14, 2013 February 8, 2014 April 12, 2014 June 14, 2014
SAT vs. ACT Test Composition SATACT Test Organization Critical Reading, Math, Writing (the first of which is the Essay). Math, English, Reading, Science and Writing (optional) Test ContentREADING: Sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension. MATH: Algebra I, Geometry and limited Algebra II. WRITING: Limited grammar rules, word usage, word choice, and a mandatory essay. READING: Four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Sciences ENGLISH: Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Function MATH: Up to trigonometry SCIENCE: charts, graphs, data interpretation WRITING: Optional essay EssayFirst section of test -25 minutes. Topics: sayings, historic quotes. Last section of test - 30 minutes. Topics; subjects of concern to high school students. Overall Time3 hours 45 minutes2 hours and 55 minutes without essay 3 hours 25 minutes with essay Overall ScoringEach portion of the test receives a score of (Average score is 500 in each section) Each portion of the test receives a score of 1-36; composite score is average of all subtests without including essay. (Average score is 21 in each section) Penalty for guessing ¼ point penalty for each incorrect answer. Only correct answers count, no ¼ point penalty for incorrect answers but guessing is encouraged.
SAT vs. ACT Test Composition SATACT Question Format Questions are sometimes like a puzzle and have a bias toward reasoning. Questions are more straight forward and knowledge based and have a bias toward processing speed. ChunkingThe Essay section will be the first test taken. The remaining sections will be either Reading, Math or Writing (multiple choice) in random order. Each content area in one large chunk; English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning with Writing at the end.
Subject Tests What are they? One hour multiple choice tests Measure how much student knows about a particular academic subject Used for admission and /or placement in college Tests fall into five Subject Areas
Subject Tests English: Literature History and Social Studies: United States History World History Mathematics: Mathematics Level 1 Preparation: 3 years of college prep math including 2 yrs Algebra & 1 yr Geometry Mathematics Level 2 Preparation: More than 3 yrs college prep math including 2 yrs Algebra, 1 yr Geometry, Elementary Functions (Pre-Calculus) and / or Trigonometry
Subject Tests Science: Biology E/M; Chemistry; Physics Languages: French & French with Listening German & German with Listening Modern Hebrew Italian Japanese with Listening Korean with Listening Latin Spanish & Spanish with Listening
Subject Tests Does everyone need to take Subject Tests? No - Take them if required by colleges to which the student is applying. Which Subject Tests should you take? What does the college require? What is your intended major? When should you take them? Take immediately after completing a course (May and June) Can take up to three different tests at a time. Scoring Scores range from 200 to 800
SAT, ACT: A Matter of Scheduling How many times should I take them? At least once during the spring of the junior year, but most take it more than once. At least twice by the fall of their senior year. Until you get the score you need. Planning is important! Considerations: SAT: Majority of Algebra II and Geometry completed. ACT: Majority of Alg. II, Geometry, Intro to Trig completed. Need Subject Tests? Cant take on same day as SAT so start testing earlier.
Registration How do students register? (for SATs & Subject Tests) (for ACTs) Registration forms in Guidance, return to College Board or ACT not UDHS Pay attention to deadlines Registration fee waivers are available to students on the free and reduced lunch system. (See counselor)
What Scores Do Colleges Want? Which Scores do Colleges Use? Varies by college (Research College Testing Policies) Highest of each component (regardless of date) OR highest test date total. Use of writing score varies. A few schools require you send all SAT/SBJ test scores. How to Compare Scores from the ACT and SAT Concordance chart at
AP Exams Why? Possible College Credit What? 3 hour comprehensive test offered in every AP subject area. How, When and Where? Register In-House through Guidance At UDHS during school day in May Cost approx $90/exam
Reporting Scores to Colleges AP Scores Sent to students in July Score choice – can choose which scores to send to the college you are attending. Send scores to your college through collegeboard.com For more information, refer to AP Bulletin given to all students in AP classes in February.
Test Preparation: SAT, ACT & Subject Tests Current Trends Prep Options School SAT Courses Private Courses: School (SAT) and Community (All) Private Tutoring (All) On-Line Courses or Tutoring Books Free On-Line Prep PSAT Score report – access code for My College Quickstart includes on-line SAT prep
Evening / Saturday School-Sponsored SAT Prep Sessions offered by Kaplan and Princeton Review Two evenings and one Saturday morning a week, for five/six weeks. Preparation for March and May Test Dates (Juniors only) Letters mailed home in December. Summer Prep Course (Rising Junior and Seniors) Letters mailed home towards the end of the school year.