SAT Testing Information www.collegeboard.com 2010-2011 Testing/Registration 05/20/2011 05/06/2011 SAT & Subject Tests 06/04/2010 04/22/2011 04/08/2011 SAT & Subject Tests 05/07/2010 02/25/2011 02/11/2011 SAT only 03/12/2011 01/07/2011 12/23/2010 SAT & Subject Tests 01/22/2011 11/19/2010 11/05/2010 SAT & Subject Tests 12/04/2010 10/22/2010 10/08/2010 SAT & Subject Tests 11/06/2010 09/24/2010 09/10/2010 SAT & Subject Tests 10/09/2010 Late Registration Deadline (fee applies) Regular Registration Deadline Test 2010/2011 Test Dates
What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.
The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test (needs to be taken if required by the college(s) you are applying to). The SAT has 3 components: Verbal, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.
The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, points are taken off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number correct with no correction for guessing.
SELECTING A COLLEGE OR SCHOOL Things to consider: What is your eventual career goal ? Which school is the top choice for this kind of training? Which school will provide the best financial aid package? What are alternate schools in case I can’t get into my top choice? ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B!
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College Essay What an Admission Committee Looks For A well written essay . Be sure to use proper grammar; punctuation, and syntax. Don’t try to impress committee by using words you’re unsure of – it makes your essay sound stilted and self conscious. Content . Your essay should answer the question truthfully and insightfully – the question is designed to allow you to show your ability to think about yourself and to convey your feelings clearly. Creativity . Admission committees, remember, are reading literally hundreds – maybe thousands – of essays responding to the same question. Make yours one that stands out. Choosing a Topic Find a topic which excites you . Enthusiasm is contagious. If you use a new angle, it gives the admission committee a better idea of who you are and how you think. Bring your topic to life . Use vivid examples and sensory details whenever you can. It will help you come across as self-assured and accomplished. Explore different options. If your topic lends itself to another approach than straight prose, don’t be afraid to try it. Don’t use the same essay for all your applications . Each university is different; your essays should reflect those differences.
1. Write quickly and freely, including unique details of your experiences, emotions, and thoughts. Describe actual scenes and tell a personal story if you can. 2. Reread your essay and ask yourself – and perhaps a trusted friend – let the real you come through. Let your essay sit for a day or so and then go back to finish proofing it. 3. Now with a critical eye, look at the order of your ideas. Since the college will expect you to write in a logical way, reorder your essay, if necessary, to reflect your ability to do this. 4. Make sure you used clear paragraph transitions, active verbs, an attractive introduction; and a confident conclusion. Avoid overusing the pronoun “I”. 5. Eliminate anything that doesn’t carry weight. Aim for a single page of clear, light, and readable prose. 6. Check mechanics. Check to see that your writing has rhythm and balance. Be satisfied that your essay reveals your special way of looking at the world. 7. Write a final draft and type it neatly. Before You Submit YOUR Essay/Revision Checklist
Letter of Recommendation Often applicants must provide three or more letters. While requirements differ by institution, program and concentration, generally speaking successful academic recommendations should: -Provide testimony to your aptitude, curiosity and industriousness -Demonstrate your maturity and seriousness of purpose -Speak to your leadership ability -Paint you as “well rounded” -Compliment your character -Include other pertinent information about you – things not readily apparent from admission tests scores or transcript.