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1 Everything you didn’t want to know about preparing for the tests… ACT and SAT PREPEverything you didn’t want to know about preparing for the tests…
2 ACTThe ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.The Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
3 SATSAT tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics.The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school.
4 ACT and SAT: Purpose For students: To advise students about their academic standing statewide and nationwideTo identify academic areas of strength and weaknessFor colleges and universitiesTo determine a student’s potential academic performance/success in college
5 ACT: Test Structure English Section Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills75 questions45 minutes
6 ACT: English sectionThe test consists of five prose passages, each one accompanied by multiple-choice test questions. Different passage types are included to provide variety.Questions ask about an underlined portion, a section of the passage, or the passage as a whole.Many questions include "NO CHANGE" to the underlined portion or the passage as one of the choices.
7 ACT: Test Structure Mathematics Section Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.60 questions60 minutes
8 ACT: Mathematics Section The test presents multiple-choice questions that require reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics.Students need knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills to answer the problems, but are not required to know complex formulas and perform extensive computation.Calculators are permitted but not necessary.
10 ACT: Reading SectionQuestions ask students to use referring and reasoning skills to:determine main ideaslocate and interpret significant detailsunderstand sequences of eventsmake comparisonscomprehend cause-effect relationshipsdetermine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statementsdraw generalizationsanalyze the author's or narrator's voice and method
11 ACT: Reading SectionThe test comprises four prose passages that are representative of the level and kind of reading required in first-year college courses; passages on topics in social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities are included.
12 ACT: Test Structure Science Section Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.40 questions35 minutes
13 ACT: Science SectionThe test presents seven sets of scientific information, each followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions. The scientific information is presented in one of three different formats:data representation (graphs, tables, and other schematic forms)research summaries (descriptions of one or more related experiments)conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one another)
14 ACT: Science Section The questions require students to: recognize and understand the basic features of, and concepts related to, the provided informationexamine critically the relationship between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developedgeneralize from given information and draw conclusions, gain new information, or make predictions
15 ACT: Test Structure Writing Section Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.1 prompt30 minutes
16 ACT: Writing SectionThe test consists of one writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue.You are asked to respond to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt.In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue.Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take on the issue.
17 ACT: Testing TipsCarefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.Read the directions for each test carefully.Read each question carefully.
18 ACT: Testing TipsPace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
19 ACT: Testing TipsAnswer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test.On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
20 ACT: Testing Tips – Important Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.Answer first and last questions in English and Math sections. The first and last questions in these sections are generally easier than the middle questions.
22 ACT: ScoresACT scores range from 11 to 36 Highest score is a 36 What is a good score? “21”!
23 What’s The difference between ACT and SAT scores? The ACT score has the four sections scores averaged into a composite score.
24 ACT: Sample Score Report Search for sample score report
25 SAT: Test Structure Critical Reading Section 70 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading
26 SAT: Critical ReadingSentence completion questions test your vocabulary and your understanding of sentence structure. (9 questions)Passage-based reading questions test your comprehension of what is stated in or implied by the passage, not your prior knowledge of the topic. (8 questions)
27 SAT: Test Structure Mathematics Section 70 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)Multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses
28 SAT: Mathematics Section Multiple-choice questions(44 questions)Student-produced response questions appear without answer choices. You'll use your answer sheet to "grid in" your solution.(10 questions)
29 SAT: Test Structure Writing Section 60 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 10-minute section)Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written essay (25 min.)
30 SAT: Writing SectionThe SAT® begins with an essay. You'll be asked to present and support a point of view on a specific issue. Because you have only 25 minutes, your essay is not expected to be polished—it is meant to be a first draft.
31 SAT: Writing SectionThe SAT writing section also includes three types of multiple-choice questions:Improving sentences (25 questions)Identifying sentence errors (18 questions)Improving paragraphs (6 questions)
32 SAT: Writing SectionThe multiple-choice sections measure your ability to:communicate ideas clearly and effectivelyimprove a piece of writing through revision and editingrecognize and identify sentence-level errorsunderstand grammatical elements and structures and how they relate to each other in a sentencerecognize correctly formed grammatical structuresclearly express ideas through sentence-combining and use of transitional words and phrasesimprove coherence of ideas within and among paragraphs
33 SATII: Subject TestsThe SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge.The SAT Subject Tests are the only national admissions tests that give you the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content in specific subjects, such as English, history, mathematics, science, and various foreign languages.
34 SAT: Testing TipsAnswer easy questions first. The easier questions are usually at the start of the section, and the harder ones are at the end. The exception is in the critical reading section, where questions are ordered according to the logic and organization of each passage.Make educated guesses. If you can rule out one or more answer choices for multiple-choice questions, you have a better chance of guessing the right answer.Skip questions that you really can't answer. No points are deducted if an answer is left blank.
35 SAT grading ¼ point is deducted for every wrong answer 1 point is given for each correct answer
36 SAT: Testing TipsLimit your time on any one question. All questions are worth the same number of points. If you need a lot of time to answer a question, go on to the next one. Later, you may have time to return to the question you skipped.Keep track of time. Don't spend too much time on any group of questions within a section.
38 SAT: ScoresSAT scores range from 2400 to 510 Highest score is a 2400 What score do you want? “540” or better on each section even for County College
39 SAT Most colleges only use the Reading and Math for admission The writing section is used for English placement in college
40 SAT: Sample Score Report Using a search engine, search for sample sat score report. Click on Page 1 of 6 Score Report. It is a sample score report provided by the Princeton Review.
41 www.act.org Search for act and sat score concordance ACT/SAT ConcordanceSearch for act and sat score concordance
42 ACT and SAT: Test Day Tips Get a good night’s sleepEat breakfast. Take snacks for the break.New rule – don’t bring your cell phone.Bring a watch for time keeping.
43 ACT and SAT: Test Day Tips Bring appropriate photo IDBring admission ticket.Bring several no. 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils or pens)Bring approved calculator (allowed but not necessary)*You will have to up upload a photo when you register
44 ACT and SAT: When to Take? Spring of junior yearLast chance for seniors: November
45 ACT and SAT: How Many Times? Check with guidance to do a comparison between PSAT and SATStatistics show that on average students improve 1-2 points on the ACT and points on the SAT.
46 ACT: Test Dates 2013/2014 ACT: Fees Registration Deadline(Late Fee Required)February 8, 2014*January 10, 2014January 11–24, 2014April 12, 2014March 7, 2014March 8–21, 2014June 14, 2014May 9, 2014May 10–23, 2014ACT: FeesACT test with no writing section $35.00ACT test with writing section $50.50Fees include score to student, score report to high school, and four score reports to colleges and universities of student’s choiceHHS School Code:
47 SAT: Test Dates SAT: Fees SAT test includes writing section $50 Test date December 7, 2013 January 25, 2014 March 8, 2014 May 3, 2014 June 7, 2014SAT: FeesSAT test includes writing section $50SAT subject tests $23Fees include score to student, score report to high school, and four score reports to colleges and universities of student’s choiceFee waivers available: see your campus counselor for qualifications
49 Go to the high school website Check out the guidance pageClick on the college planning link on the leftCheck out the college planning calendar for your junior yearLook at the ACT/SAT Comparison linkLook at the college open houses dates