Presentation on theme: "College Entrance Tests"— Presentation transcript:
1 College Entrance Tests SAT/ACT/Subject TestsAP Exams
2 SAT vs. ACT SAT ACT TYPE: Reasoning, Problem Solving, Aptitude Test Knowledge, Curriculum, Achievement TestSample Question: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?CONTENT:Math- Algebra and Geometry up to TrigonometryReading- Four passages: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities and Natural ScienceEnglish- GrammarScience- Charts & ExperimentsWriting- Optional, but cannot be used in place of the SATs if not completed at most institutionsFORMAT:Begin with and alternate randomly between 60 minute sections of Math, Reading, Science, or English, complete with optional 30 minute writing sectionSCORING:Each subject is scored 1-36 and averaged to create a composite score, 36 is the highest possible scoreThere is no guessing penalty.(At some institutions ACT scores can be used in place of SAT & SAT subject tests)TYPE:Reasoning, Problem Solving, Aptitude TestSample Question: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?CONTENT:Math- Algebra 1, Basic Geometry & Algebra 2Reading- Sentence completion, short & long reading passages, reading comprehensionWriting- An essay, questions related to: grammar, usage, & word choiceFORMAT:Begin with 25 minute essay, alternate randomly from math, reading and writing in minute sectionsSCORING:Each section is points, 2400 is the highest score.There is a guessing penalty.
3 SAT Composite Score (Math, CR & W) ACT Composite Score SAT Composite Score (Math & CR only)240036160035343332313029282726252423222120191817161514131211
4 WHEN SHOULD I TEST?Students will take the PSAT in October of their sophomore and junior years (during the school day) and have the opportunity to take SAT/ACT practice tests through the PTO sophomore and junior yearStudents should take the SAT and/or ACT during the 2ND Semester of junior yearStatistics show students often see an improvement in their score from the first testing to the second, but not generally on a third testing unless some sort of prep is completed
5 HOW DO I REGISTER?PSATs: GVHS registers all 10th and 11th grade students for this test. The test is taken in October during the school day.SAT: Students register online (collegeboard.com)ACT: Students register online (actstudent.org)**Fee waivers are available for families with financial need
6 TEST PREP PSAT PTO Testing- Practice ACT, SAT, Combo test COURSES (GVHS/Private Classes/Individual Tutoring)Resources on Collegeboard/ACT WebsitesKaplan Free Online SAT/ACT PrepBooksMy College QuickStart
7 REPORTING SCORES SAT/SUBJECT TESTS ACT Official Scores - must be sent directly from the CollegeBoardScore Choice – gives students the option of sending or suppressing test scoresCost – 4 free score reports (must be determined at time of registration or up to 9 days after testing). $11.00 per report after this period.Test scores do not appear on high school transcriptOfficial Scores – must be sent directly from ACTScore Choice – can choose which test dates you want sentCost - $11.00 per report (4 free reports when designated at registration)Test scores do not appear on high school transcript
8 SUBJECT TESTS (aka SAT II’s) Admission tests that measure students’ knowledge and skills in particular subject areas.Not required by the majority of colleges and universities but many of the most competitive colleges recommend or require that applicants take two or more subject tests.**Many schools accept the ACT (with writing)in lieu of subject tests
9 Subject Tests (cont’d) English LiteratureWorld LanguagesU.S. & World HistoryMath (level I and II)ScienceBiologyChemistryPhysicsWhich subject test(s) should students take?When should subject tests be taken?When are subject tests are offered?How many subject tests can students take?
11 WHO? GVHS offers 26 AP Courses English Science Social Studies Math LanguageArtMusic
12 WHEN? The first two weeks in May Registration occurs in the counseling officeTest dates/times strictly determined by the CollegeBoardAlternate exams
13 WHY? Prepare students for college-level coursework Rigor is a factor in most admissions decisionsCollege creditAP Scores are typically used for awarding credit and placement – not a factor in admissions decisions
14 Additional Information Testing AccommodationsMust obtain prior approval through testing agencyFee WaiversCheck testing agency’s website for eligibility requirementsTest optional schools
15 RESOURCES www.collegeboard.com SAT & Subject Tests www.act.org ACT Kaplan’s free online SAT/ACT prepFree personalized SAT study plan