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1 Four-Year College Bound Students ONLY ACT vs. SATFour-Year College Bound Students ONLY
2 RETAKE the one you scored highest by 1st semester of SENIOR YEAR WHEN?TAKE the SAT & ACT byend of 11th GradeRETAKE the one you scored highest by 1st semester of SENIOR YEAR
3 PREPARATION? Make a Strong “B” in English 1, 2, and 3 Make a Strong “B” in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2PASS HSAPEnroll in ACT/SAT Prep by Junior year, either at school or via S.C. Virtual SchoolsRequest Practice Tests from GuidanceCheckout Study Guides from Media Center
4 No Writing Total Testing Time: Total Testing: 3 hours 45 minutes Test SectionsACTSATEnglish75 questionsMathematics60 questionsReading40 questionsScienceOptional Writing Test1 prompt (TAKE WRITING AT LEAST ONCE)Plus Writing Total Testing Time: /2 hoursNo Writing Total Testing Time:3 hoursCritical Reading -Sentence Completion 19 questions-Passage Reading45 questionsMath Multiple Choice44 questions-Student-produced with no answer choices10 questionsWriting -Multiple Choice-Essay WritingTotal Testing: 3 hours 45 minutes
5 How much does it cost? SAT $51.00 ACT SAT ACT No Writing $36.50 ACT Plus Writing $52.50Students on Free/Reduced Lunch may get up 2 fee waiversSAT $51.00Students on Free/Reduced Lunch may get up 2 fee waiversHow much does it cost?
6 THINGS TO KNOW Know the Directions ahead of time ACTKnow the Directions ahead of timeDo the Easy Questions FIRSTUse logic on more difficult questions, there’s always one ridiculous answer you can cross offCircle answers in test booklet first, then transfer all answers to the scantronTests English GrammarIncludes Science SectionIncludes TrigonometryAnswer every question, there is no penalty for guessingSATKnow the Directions ahead of timeDo the Easy Questions FIRSTUse logic on more difficult questions, there’s always one ridiculous answer you can cross offSkip questions that you really can’t answer, no points are deducted if an answer is left blankPace yourselfEmphasis on VocabularyBroken into more sectionsEasier questions are usually at the beginning of the section; only exception is passage reading questions¼ point is subtracted for Wrong Answers to multiple choice questionsTHINGS TO KNOW
7 ACT DOES NOT penalize for wrong answers *Only SAT penalizes wrong answers * You get 1 point for every correct answer * You get ¼ point taken off for most incorrect answersACT DOES NOT penalize for wrong answersDO NOT LEAVE ANY ANSWERS BLANKSCORING & GUESSING
8 ACT DATES ACT TEST DATES DEADLINE LATE DEADLINE October 26, 2013 September 27, 2013 Sep. 28 - Oct. 11December 14, 2013 November 8, 2013 Nov. 9 – 22February 8, 2014* January 10, 2014 Jan. 11 – 24April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014 March 8 – 21June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 10 – 23
9 ACT English Section USAGE/MECHANICS RHETORICAL SKILLS Overview StrategiesSkim the paragraph (find the tense, tone, topic)Ask yourself 3 things:Does it belong?Does it sound like proper English?Does it make sense?3. When in doubt, take it out (Is it too wordy? Usually take out commas and punctuation.)4. Choosing the shortest answer, is usually correct a 3rd of the time5. Don’t be too influenced by the answer, if the answer choice is much longer it’s usually not the answer6. Be comfortable with NO CHANGE; this choice is correct approx. 20% of the time; about 15 answers should be NO CHANGEUSAGE/MECHANICSPunctuation (13%)Grammar and Usage (16%)Sentence Structure (24%)RHETORICAL SKILLSStrategy (16%)Organization (15%)Style (16%)
10 Content Covered by the ACT English Test USAGE/MECHANICSPunctuation (13%). Questions in this category test your knowledge of the conventions of internal and end-of sentence punctuation, with emphasis on the relationship of punctuation to meaning (for example, avoiding ambiguity, indicating appositives).Grammar and Usage (16%). Questions in this category test your understanding of agreement between subject and verb, between pronoun and antecedent, and between modifiers and the word modified; verb formation; pronouncase; formation of comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs; and idiomatic usage.Sentence Structure (24%). Questions in this category test your understanding of relationships between and among clauses, placement of modifiers, and shifts in construction.RHETORICAL SKILLSStrategy (16%). Questions in this category test how well you develop a given topic by choosing expressions appropriate to an essay’s audience and purpose; judging the effect of adding, revising, or deleting supporting material; and judging the relevancy of statements in context.Organization (15%). Questions in this category test how well you organize ideas and choose effective opening, transitional, and closing sentences.Style (16%). Questions in this category test how well you choose precise and appropriate words and images, maintain the level of style and tone in an essay, manage sentence elements for rhetorical effectiveness, and avoid ambiguous pronoun references, wordiness, and redundancy.
11 MATH Section Strategies Overview The ACT Mathematics TestFour scores are reported for the ACT Mathematics Test: atotal test score based on all 60 questions, a subscore in the following:Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra based on 24 questions,Algebra/Coordinate Geometrybased on 18 questions,Plane Geometry/Trigonometry based on 18 questionsAvoid misfit answers that are completely different than the others, rule out ridiculous answersUse your calculatorChoose your own numbers when you have variables in the question, pick a number to meet the problemWork word problems backwards, always start with choice “C” to help you determine if you need a larger or smaller numberNever pick an answer that repeats a # already in the problem
12 Reading Section CONTENT Social Studies (25%) Natural Sciences (25%) READ, READ, READThere will be 4 complex passages each about 750 words, mixed difficultyDon’t get bogged down in details of passageMark up your passageLook at the main idea1st sweep - Do a second review. Read the first par., read 1st and last sentence of each subsequent par. and read last par. Look for major characters, setting, topic, and discipline being discussed2nd sweep - Read from start to finish. Mentally summarize each par. Draw inferences as you read, mark examples, mark comparisons and contrastsCONTENTSocial Studies (25%)Natural Sciences (25%)Prose Fiction (25%)Humanities (25%)
13 Content Covered by the ACT Reading Test Social Studies (25%). Questions in this category are based on passages in the content areas of anthropology, archaeology, biography, business, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.8 Natural Sciences (25%). Questions in this category are based on passages in the content areas of anatomy, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, geology, medicine, meteorology, microbiology, natural history, physiology, physics, technology, and zoology. Prose Fiction (25%). Questions in this category are based on intact short stories or excerpts from short stories or novels. Humanities (25%). Questions in this category are based on passages from memoirs and personal essays and in the content areas of architecture, art, dance, ethics, film, language, literary criticism, music, philosophy, radio, television, and theater.
14 Content Covered by the ACT Science Test Data Representation (38%). This format presents graphic and tabular material similar to that found in science journals and texts. The questions associated with this format measure skills such as graph reading, interpretation of scatterplots, and interpretation of information presented in tables.Research Summaries (45%). This format provides descriptions of one or more related experiments. The questions focus upon the design of experiments and the interpretation of experimental results.Conflicting Viewpoints (17%). This format presents expressions of several hypotheses or views that, being based on differing premises or on incomplete data, are inconsistent with one another. The questions focus upon the understanding, analysis, and comparison of alternative viewpoints or hypotheses.
15 Writing Section overview Strategies The ACT Writing Test is a30 minute essay test thatmeasures your writing skillsYou are asked to write in response to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt, you may choose either side or adopt a different point of view.Two trained readers will score your essay, each giving it a rating from 1 (low) to 6 (high). The sum of those ratings is your Writing subscore.The test consists of one writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue.Take a few minutes to plan your essay before writingPrewrite in the Writing Test Booklet, then refer back to it as you write your essay on the lined pagesExplain your point of view clearly and logicallyBefore time is called- Correct any mistakes in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling. Do NOT write in the margins
16 the sat WRITING SECTION Length: 60 minutes Score: 200-800 Content: Grammar, Usage, Word ChoiceItem Types: Multiple-Choice Questions (35 minutes); Student-Written Essay (25 minutes)The SHORT ESSAY measures your ability to:Organize and express ideas clearlyDevelop and support the main ideaUse appropriate word choice and sentence structureYou will be asked to develop a point of view on an issue, using reasoning and evidence, based on your own experiences, readings, or observations, to support your ideas.The essay will be scored by trained high school and college teachers. Each reader will give the essay a score from ONE to SIX (SIX is the highest score) based on the overall quality of the essay and your demonstration of writing competence.The MULTIPLE-CHOICE writing questions measure your ability to:Improve sentences and paragraphsIdentify errors (such as diction, grammar, sentence construction, subject-verb agreement, proper word usage and wordiness)
17 CRITICAL READING SECTION the satCRITICAL READING SECTIONLength: 70 minutes (Two 25-minute sections, one 20-minute section) Score:Content: Critical reading and sentence-level readingItem Types: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Completions, and Paragraph-Length Critical ReadingThe Critical Reading Section includes short reading passages along with the existing long reading passages. Analogies have been eliminated, but sentence-completion questions and passage-based reading questions remain.Sentence Completion questions measure your:knowledge of the meanings of wordsability to understand how the different parts of a sentence fit logically togetherThe reading questions on the SAT measure a student's ability to read and think carefully about several different passages ranging in length from about 100 to about 850 words. Passages are taken from a variety of fields, including the humanities, social studies, natural sciences, and literary fiction. They vary in style and can include narrative, argumentative, and expository elements. Some selections consist of a pair of related passages on a shared issue or theme that you are asked to compare and contrast. Such material can be followed by two to five questions that measure the same kinds of reading skills as are measured by the questions following longer passages. The following kinds of questions may be asked about a passage:Vocabulary in Context: These questions ask you to determine the meanings of words from their context in the reading passage.Literal Comprehension: These questions assess your understanding of significant information directly stated in the passage.Extended Reasoning: These questions measure your ability to synthesize and analyze information as well as to evaluate the assumptions made and the techniques used by the author. Most of the reading questions fall into this category. You may be asked to identify cause and effect, make inferences, recognize a main idea or an author's tone, and follow the logic of an analogy or an argument.
18 the sat MATHEMATICS SECTION Length: 70 minutes (Two 25-minute sections, one 20-minute section) Score:Content: Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysisItem Types: Five-choice multiple-choice questions and student-produced responsesStrategy: For math questions without answer choices (grid answers), fill in your best guess; no points are subtracted for wrong answers as they are in all other question types.The SAT includes expanded math topics, such as exponential growth, absolute value, and functional notation, and place greater emphasis on such other topics as linear functions, manipulations with exponents, and properties of tangent lines.Important skills formerly measured in the quantitative comparison format, such as estimation and number sense, will continue to be measured through the multiple choice and student response (grid-in) questions.Can I use a calculator?Yes. Students can continue to use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator. The College Board recommends that students use a calculator at least at the scientific level for the SAT, although it's still possible to solve every question without a calculator.
20 If I plan to start at a two year technical school, and then transfer to a four year university, I must take the SAT or ACT.You would take the COMPASS test instead—you do not need to take the ACT or SAT if you are doing the program!
21 A good score to aim for on the ACT to make myself eligible for general college admission and some scholarships is 21 – A good score to aim for to make myself eligible for general college admission and some scholarships.A good ACT score to aim for is 27- that is at the 90th percentile & one of Palmetto Fellow’s requirements; for LIFE, 24 is considered a qualifying score.College admission standards vary. For example, USC Columbia average & Clemson average 28; College of Charleston’s averageBUT, remember, the higher your score, the greater possibility for admission and $cholars$hips!!!A excellent SAT score to aim for is & one of Palmetto Fellow’s requirements; for LIFE, 1100 is considered a qualifying score.College admission standards vary. For example, USC Columbia average & Clemson average is ; College of Charleston’s average isBUT, remember, the higher your score, the greater possibility for admission and $cholars$hips!!!
22 There are no advantages to taking the SAT or ACT more than once. ACT research shows that of the students who took the ACT more than once:55% increased their composite score on the retest22% had no change in their composite score on the retest23% decreased their composite score on the retestSAT research shows thatSubstantial increase is most likely IF you scored lower, say in a section.Substantial increase is unlikely IF you scored in the 700s the first time around.Students rarely, if ever, benefit from taking the SATs three times.There are no advantages to taking the SAT or ACT more than once.
23 For a 4 year college (LIFE)—choose 2 of the 3: I will need a qualifying ACT/SAT score for state scholarships, for both 4 year universities and 2 year technical colleges.The only requirement for LIFE for a 2 year college is a final GPA of 3.0!For a 4 year college (LIFE)—choose 2 of the 3:3.0 GPA, top 30%, 1100 SAT or 24 ACT;Palmetto Fellows – choose one combination below:1200 SAT or 27 ACT w/top 6% & 3.5 GPASAT 1400 or ACT 32 and 4.0 GPA
24 WHICH ONE? ACT SAT COMPASS SEE YOUR COUNSELOR TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION!