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SAT vs ACT Strategy Session

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The College Admissions Tests What are the four major standardized tests geared toward College Admission? The PSAT – The SAT – The ACT – The SAT Subject Tests –

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SAT vs. ACT Which one should you take? Whichever one is better… FOR YOU!

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SAT vs. ACT AttributeSATACT Frequency7 times/year6 times/year Length (w/o breaks) 3 hours, 45 minutes3 hours w/o essay 3.5 hours w/essay Sections/TestsMath, Critical Reading, WritingEnglish, Math, Reading, Science, Writing Cost$49$34-$49.50 Scoring800 per section, 2400 total36 composite Average ScoresMath: 516 Critical Reading: 501 Writing: composite Guessing Penalty-1/4 point for wrong answersNo guessing penalty Overall Breakdown

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SAT vs. ACT Reading Sections AttributesSAT ReadingACT Reading Questions6740 Minutes7035 What does it cover?Critical reading, diction, and vocabulary Inference and reasoning skills

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SAT vs. ACT Math Sections AttributesSAT MathACT Math Questions54 (44 multiple-choice and 10 grid-in) 60 Minutes70 (two 25-minute sections and one 20- minute section) 60 What does it cover?Tests basic arithmetic, algebra I & II, and geometry Covers a broad range of topics in algebra, arithmetic, and geometry, including 4 trigonometry questions

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SAT vs. ACT Writing, English, and Essay Sections AttributesSAT WritingACT English/Essay Questions49 multiple-choice questions, 1 essay question 75 multiple-choice questions, 1 optional essay question Minutes60 minutes (one 25-minute section, one 10-minute section, and one 25-minute essay) 45 minutes for multiple- choice questions, 30 minutes for optional essay What does it cover?Ability to identify sentence errors, improve sentences, improve paragraphs Usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills Essay vs. the RestThe Grammar portion of the Writing section makes up about 70% of your Writing Score. The English and Essay are scored separately and do not affect one another.

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SAT vs. ACT ACT Science Section AttributesACT Science Questions40 multiple-choice questions Minutes35 What does it cover?Questions on science-based passages, it measures interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving

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SAT vs. ACT Score Choice SATACT Separate Records Send more than one set of scores on a report Send one set of scores per report Each school requires something different, so you send a different kind of report depending on the school Schools look at what you send them and then manipulate them according to their own standards Overall: More flexible and maybe cheaper, but more complicated. Overall: More straightforward, but less nuanced and possibly more expensive.

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SAT vs. ACT Score Choice: Monica’s ACT Scores April 2012 Test: Composite of 29 Reading 28, Math 30, English 29, Science 29, Essay 3 June 2012 Test: Composite of 29 Reading 29, Math 29, English 30, Science 27, Essay 5

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SAT vs. ACT Score Choice: Jayson’s SAT Scores January 2012 Test: 500 Reading, 650 Math, 550 Writing, Total 1700 March 2012 Test: 550 Reading, 650 Math, 620 Writing, Total 1820 May 2012 Test: 590 Reading, 670 Math, 610 Writing, Total 1870

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SAT vs. ACT SATACT

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SAT vs. ACT What are some other ways to decide between the SAT and ACT? Take a free SAT or ACT with The Princeton Review Take a free PRA (Princeton Review Assessment) Test An assessment test to help students understand the differences between the SAT® and ACT®, featuring a sampling of questions from both tests to help students determine which test may be a better fit with their abilities Look for the Signs!

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Signs you might prefer the SAT You’re a quick thinker who loves the challenge of puzzles and logic games You can rapidly define a plethora of onerous vocabulary words You prefer to write about WWII and The Great Gatsby than about school uniforms You have a shorter attention span and prefer to complete the exam in small, more ‘bite-sized’ pieces. You rocked the PSAT. Stick with what’s working. SAT vs. ACT

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Signs you might prefer the ACT You pay close attention in math class You love the challenge of beating the clock You’re good at reading graphs and tables You’re a strong reader You have a strong GPA, but did not do all that well on the PSAT SAT vs. ACT

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Meet Joe Bloggs!

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Your Scores Low Scores (Lowest = 1 on the ACT, 200 on the SAT) Medium Scores (Middle = 21 on the ACT, 500 on the SAT) High Scores (Highest = 36 on the ACT, 800 on the SAT )

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2 Strategy One: Rephrase the question in your own words.

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Math Sample Problem

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18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2 Strategy Two: Use the Process of Elimination.

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2 Strategy Three: Use what you know about Order of Difficulty.

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2 Strategy Four: Guess when the odds are good.

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 C)4 D)3 E)2 Strategy Four: Guess when the odds are good.

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Math Sample Problem 18. In the figure above, what is the greatest number of non-overlapping regions into which the shaded region can be divided with exactly two straight lines? A)6 B)5 –> Correct! C)4 D)3 E)2 Strategy Five: Don’t be a Joe Bloggs!

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Math Sample Problem But, wait, how do you “really” do the question?

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Math Sample Problem But, wait, how do you “really” do the question? Strategy Six: You don’t!

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Math Sample Problem What would Joe Bloggs be thinking?

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Math Sample Problem What would Joe Bloggs be thinking? Strategy Seven: Practice, Practice, Practice, so you know when to go with your gut!

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Math Sample Problem Strategies we Used: Rephrase the question in your own words Use the Process of Elimination Use what you know about Order of Difficulty Guess When the Odds are Good Don’t be a Joe Bloggs! Don’t “do” the problem at all if you don’t have to! Practice, Practice, Practice, so you know when to go with your gut!

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Math Sample Problem But, wait, I still want to know how do you “really” do the question? Repeat Strategy: You don’t! You REALLY don’t!

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How many times should you take the SAT or ACT? Prep for one Plan for two Leave time for three When you Should Take Your Tests

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When should I take my first test? Regular Admissions: Early Spring of your Junior Year, so you can take up to three tests and/or take SAT Subject Tests by the middle of your Senior Year Fall. Early Admission/Early Decision: Fall of your Junior Year, so you can take up to three tests and/or take SAT Subject Tests by the end of your Junior Year. When you Should Take Your Tests

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How long should I prep before my first test? How much should I prep before my first test? Make a Plan However long/much is right… FOR YOU!

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What’s the best way to prep? Make a Plan Whatever works best… FOR YOU!

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How we can Help Ultimate CourseFundamentals CourseLiveOnline Course Courses are 30 hoursCourses are 18 hoursCourses are 18 hours, LIVE ONLINE Take 4 full-length practice tests Get access to our Student Portal Work with our highly- trained, expert teaching staff Work with best teaching staff in our dynamic, interactive online classroom Get comprehensive coverage of all the content on the test and work in our classic classroom setting! Learn industry-best strategies and get the tools you need to review the basics at home! Get the same excellent tools and teaching as our Classroom Course, but do it in your pajamas!

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Wrap-Up and Take-aways Going forward, talk to me or let us know if… You have any questions. You want to sign up for another test or event. You are ready to start prepping – we can get you signed up today! We’re happy to help!

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