SAT and ACT testing information


Testing 2011

Mrs. Kathy Van Liefde

Counselor – Jesuit High School

Testing by Grade Level

 9 th STS Educational Development


Similar to the entrance exam

 10 th PLAN – predictor to the ACT

 11 th PSAT – predictor to the SAT, gateway to the National Merit Scholarship Program


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College Admissions Requirement

 All colleges will accept either the SAT

Reasoning or the ACT

 Only specific colleges require the SAT

Subject Tests

When to Test???

 SAT and ACT May/June of Junior year

 SAT and ACT Fall of the Senior year

 Subject Test as appropriate-if needed

AP Bio, Bio XL June of Sophomore year

Chemistry June of Junior year

Math Level 2 fall of Senior year

SAT Subject Test

UC’s require/recommend tests for specific majors

 Testing requirements can be found on the school website under Admissions

 Website:

 ns/freshman/requirements/examinationrequirement/SAT-subject-tests/index.html


 Score Choice:

 Universities Score

Practice: ownload/sat-score-use-practices-list.pdf

Test Differences

 The ACT includes a science test; the SAT does not.

 The ACT math section includes trigonometry.

 The SAT tests vocabulary much more than the ACT.

 The SAT is not entirely multiple choice.

 The SAT has a guessing penalty; the ACT does not.

 The ACT tests English grammar; the SAT does not.

 Remember, both the SAT and ACT are important parts of your application, but they're only one of several factors--from your courses and grades to recommendations and your personal statement--that colleges consider.

SAT-ACT Concordance Table

 wnload/act-sat-concordance-tables.pdf

SAT Reasoning Test

 Takes 3 hr and 45 min

Consists of 10 separately timed sections

1 essay (25min)

3 critical reading (70min)

3 mathematics (70min)

2 writing questions(50min)

1 variable (unscored) critical reading, math, or writing

Includes three kinds of questions:

 Multiple-choice questions

 Student-produced responses

(mathematics only)

Essay question

Scored by machine, except for the essay

.25 deduction for wrong answers


The ACT contains five curriculum-based tests:

 English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Tests are standardized, multiple-choice

Tests based on the major areas of high school instructional programs

The optional Writing Test is an impromptu essay on a given prompt.

Performance on these tests has a direct relationship to a student’s educational achievement.

There is no penalty for guessing

ACT English

The English Test is a

75-item, 45-minute test.

Measures the student’s understanding of the

 conventions of standard written English

(punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure) and of

 rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, and style)

ACT Mathematics

The Mathematics Test is a

60-item, 60-minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills that students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade


These courses generally include Algebra 1,

Geometry, and Algebra 2 (which covers beginning trigonometry concepts)

ACT Reading

The Reading Test is a

40-item, 35-minute test measures the student’s reading comprehension as a product of referring and reasoning skills. That is, the test items require the student to derive meaning from several texts by

 referring to what is explicitly stated reasoning to determine implicit meanings and to draw conclusions, comparisons, and generalizations

ACT Science

The Science Test is a

40-item, 35-minute test

The test measures the student’s interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

ACT Optional Writing

The Writing Test is a

30-minute essay test

Measures students’ writing skills—

 specifically those writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses

Consists of one writing prompt that defines an issue and describes two points of view on that issue



 sat-reasoning/register/fees




 sat/calenfees.html

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