Mrs. Kathy Van Liefde
Counselor – Jesuit High School
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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All colleges will accept either the SAT
Reasoning or the ACT
Only specific colleges require the SAT
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
UC’s require/recommend tests for specific majors
Testing requirements can be found on the school website under Admissions
Score Choice: http://sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-score-choice
Practice: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profd ownload/sat-score-use-practices-list.pdf
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.
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:
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
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)
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)
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
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.
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