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1 SAT vs. ACT: Which Test Should I Take? Prep smarter, score higher—guaranteed or your money back! KAP-TEST | kaptest.com/college

2 Agenda Get to know the SAT & ACT Learn strategies for success Prep smarter, not harder

3 But First—Let’s Say Hello! Grade? Taken the SAT or ACT? Math vs. Reading? Dream school? Insert Your Name Here

4 Let’s Get to Know the SAT & ACT

5 Top Factors in College Admissions 1a) Grades in College Prep Courses Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate Dual-enrollment Courses Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”

6 Top Factors in College Admissions 1b) Strength of Curriculum Rigor Relevance Quantity Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”

7 Top Factors in College Admissions 2) Admissions Test Scores SAT ACT AP & Subject Tests Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”

8 Top Factors in College Admissions 3) High School GPA Overall Don’t fall behind Don’t lose focus Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “2010 State of College Admission”

9 SECTIONFORMAT/ TIMEQUESTION TYPESSCORE 2010 Averages Math 3 Sections Multiple Choice Grid-Ins 200– The SAT at-a-Glance 200–800 Critical Reading Sections Multiple Choice Writing 3 Sections Multiple Choice Essay 200–800 0– Total 10 Sections 3 hours, 45 minutes Multiple Choice Grid-Ins Essay 600– Experimental Multiple Choice1 SectionNot Scored N/A

10 The SAT at-a-Glance Understanding SAT Scoring Correct Answer: +1 point Omitted Question: 0 points Incorrect Answer (multiple choice) : -1/4 point Incorrect Answer (non-multiple choice math questions) : 0 points Test Day Tip: If you can eliminate 1 answer choice, guess! Test Day Tip: If you can eliminate 1 answer choice, guess!

11 Score Choice In effect for a little over a year. Majority of students send all scores to all schools, but, wait to see their actual scores first. Each test registration comes with 4 free score reports. Most schools take the top score for each section from all of your scores.

12 FORMAT/ TIME English 1 SectionMultiple Choice 1– The ACT at-a-Glance Math 1 SectionMultiple Choice 1– Reading 1 SectionMultiple Choice 1– Science 1 SectionMultiple Choice 1– Writing 1 Section Essay (Optional) 1 – – –5 Sections 2 hrs, 55 minutes 3 hrs, 25 minutes Multiple Choice Essay 1– Total:

13 Correct Answer: +1 point Omitted Question: 0 points Incorrect Answer: 0 points Understanding ACT Scoring The ACT at-a-Glance Test Day Tip: Answer every question. If you don’t know the answer, guess! Test Day Tip: Answer every question. If you don’t know the answer, guess!

14 Reading your Score Report 1.Overall Results 2.Section Breakdown

15 Reading your Score Report 1.Overall Results 2.Section Breakdown

16 Key Differences ACT has “Science” reasoning questions. ACT has four trigonometry questions. SAT essay is required and first. ACT essay is last and not always required. SAT is 20 minutes longer.

17 Common Myths The SAT is an IQ test. The ACT is easier. Only take the ACT if you’re good at science. Competitive schools only accept the SAT.

18 What Do Colleges Think? Facts: Nearly all schools accept the SAT or ACT. 89% of schools use SAT or ACT test scores in making admissions decisions*. Source: National Association of College Admissions Counseling, “Preparation for College Admissions Exams”, 2009

19 How Do I Decide? Take Kaplan’s free SAT-ACT Combo test. Take a free full-length test from Kaplan. Cover all your bases with College Prep Advantage. Check out the Facts!

20 Strategies for Success

21 Kaplan Backsolving Method Backsolving Try out the answer choices to find the right one. Start with (C) unless the problem asks for the smallest or largest value. When do you Backsolve? When you’re asked for a value When the answer choices are simple numbers

22 3. Of the participants at a certain conference, 1/3 are veterinarians; 1/2 are zoologists; and the remaining 12 are trainers. Each participant specializes in only one field. What is the total number of participants at the conference. A.36 B.48 C.60 D.72 E.76 Veterinarians  1/3 (60) = 20 Zoologists  1/2 (60) = 30 + Trainers  Ratios

23 3. Of the participants at a certain conference, 1/3 are veterinarians; 1/2 are zoologists; and the remaining 12 are trainers. Each participant specializes in only one field. What is the total number of participants at the conference. A.36 B.48 C.60 D.72 E.76 Veterinarians  1/3 (72) = 24 Zoologists  1/2 (72) = 36 + Trainers  Ratios

24 The Kaplan Method for Math 1.What is the question? 2.What information are you given? 3.What can you do with this information? 4.Are you done yet?

25 Writing: Relative Pronouns To _______ is the letter addressed? himThe letter is addressed to. whom Objective Pronoun = her, him, them, or us Subjective Pronoun = she, he, they, or we WHOM WHO

26 Writing: Relative Pronouns I went to the library with Anthony, _____ is also in my math class. who The boy to _______ we were speaking had bright green hair. whom ____ is in my math class. I was speaking to _____.him He

27 College Prep Timeline

28 PSAT in October Take AP and SAT Subject Tests after completing courses Summer prep for PSAT College Prep Timeline Extracurricular activities Prep for AP/Honors

29 PSAT in October for National Merit Focus on academics—this is the critical year! Research admissions requirements for chosen schools Prepare for SAT and/or ACT Take required SAT Subject Tests College Prep Timeline Take SAT and/or ACT for the last time Take required SAT Subject Tests Request letters of recommendation Fill out FAFSA and research scholarships Visit schools

30 Prep Smarter, Not Harder.

31 It’s All About You! Consider Your… Goals Timeline Schedule Learning preference

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