 Over 700 colleges do NOT require a
standardized test for admission (11 in NC)
(See http://www.fairtest.org/univ/optional...
SAT
 Created and
administered by College
Board
 www.collegeboard.com
 Accepted by all colleges
ACT
 Created and
admini...
SAT
 Reasoning and
problem-solving skills
 4 sections
 3 hours, 45 minutes
ACT
 Curriculum-based
 Questions more
know...
SAT
4 sections
 English
(language/rhetoric)
 Math
 Science
 Reading
 Writing (optional – but
colleges require it for
...
SAT - READING
 35 minutes
 4 reading
comprehension
passages
 40 questions (10
questions per passage)
ACT - READING
 70...
SAT – MATH ACT - MATH
 70 minutes, 54 questions
(45 m.c. + 10 student-produced
reponses)
 Math accounts for ½
(1600) or ...
SAT – SCIENCE ACT - SCIENCE
 Science not included  Science (analysis,
interpretation,
evaluation, basic
content, and pro...
SAT- ESSAY
ACT - ESSAY
 First thing you do
 25 minutes
 Factored into overall
writing score
 Abstract, philosophical
t...
ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.
 ACT questions are often easier to understand on a
first read. On the SAT,...
SAT ACT
 Total score = 2400
 Critical Reading 200-800
 Math 200-800
 Writing 200-800
 Total composite score of
1-36 (...
SAT ACT
 GUESSING PENALTY -
¼ point subtracted for
wrong answers
 Your ENTIRE score
history will be sent
automatically t...
ACT
SAT
MATH/READING
SAT
MATH, READING, WRITING
36 1600 2400
35 1560-1590 2340
34 1510-1550 2260
33 1460-1500 2190
32 1410...
ACT SAT (math, reading) SAT (math, reading, writing)
25 1130-1160 1700
24 1090-1120 1650
23 1060-1080 1590
22 1020-1050 15...
SAT ACT
 Reasoning Test - $51
Fee waivers available
 Change or Late Fee -
$27.50
 4 score reports free
 Additional sco...
SAT ACT
Test Date Register by
October 5 September 6
**November 2 October 3
December 7 November 8
January 25 December 27
**...
 Check out their
Freshman
Profile
http://colleges.co
llegetoolkit.com
/Colleges/State
/North_Carolin
a/37.aspx
 http://colleges.collegetoolkit.com/colleges/ad
missions/
/199218.aspx
Since colleges accept both . . .
and since some students perform better on the
ACT . . .
and some perform better on the SA...
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  1. 1.  Over 700 colleges do NOT require a standardized test for admission (11 in NC) (See http://www.fairtest.org/univ/optional.htm for more information)  But the majority of colleges require either the SAT or ACT – Since admission to all colleges has become so competitive, you need to decide – which test is best for you?
  2. 2. SAT  Created and administered by College Board  www.collegeboard.com  Accepted by all colleges ACT  Created and administered by ACT.org  http://www.actstudent .org/  Accepted by all colleges Colleges say they don’t prefer one test over the other . . .
  3. 3. SAT  Reasoning and problem-solving skills  4 sections  3 hours, 45 minutes ACT  Curriculum-based  Questions more knowledge-based and some think even more “straightforward”  10 sections  2 hours 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes with optional writing test) In the last 5 years, the number of ACT test-takers on the East Coast has risen over 66 percent, and on the West Coast, 44 percent – largely as a result of the new, longer SAT
  4. 4. SAT 4 sections  English (language/rhetoric)  Math  Science  Reading  Writing (optional – but colleges require it for admission) ACT 10 sections  Essay + 2 multiple choice writing sections  3 critical reading sections  3 math sections  1 experimental section
  5. 5. SAT - READING  35 minutes  4 reading comprehension passages  40 questions (10 questions per passage) ACT - READING  70 minutes  19 sentence completion  4 short passages, 4 long passages, 2 comparison passages  48 questions passage- based reading  More emphasis on VOCABULARY
  6. 6. SAT – MATH ACT - MATH  70 minutes, 54 questions (45 m.c. + 10 student-produced reponses)  Math accounts for ½ (1600) or 1/3 (2400) of total score  Topics covered Arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and Algebra II  Questions may be more reasoning that calculations  May use calculator  60 minutes, 60 questions (all multiple choice)  Math accounts for ¼ of your total score  Topics covered: Arithmetic, algebra, geom etry, and trigonometry  Questions tend to be more straigtforward  May use calculator
  7. 7. SAT – SCIENCE ACT - SCIENCE  Science not included  Science (analysis, interpretation, evaluation, basic content, and problem- solving)
  8. 8. SAT- ESSAY ACT - ESSAY  First thing you do  25 minutes  Factored into overall writing score  Abstract, philosophical topic – pick a side  Not optional  Last thing you do  30 minutes  Not included in composite score  Topic is about something of importance to high school students  Take position, explain different sides  Optional, though most schools require it
  9. 9. ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.  ACT questions are often easier to understand on a first read. On the SAT, you may need to spend time figuring out what you're being asked before you can start solving the problem. For example, here are sample questions from the SAT essay and the ACT writing test (their name for the essay):  SAT: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value? ACT: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?
  10. 10. SAT ACT  Total score = 2400  Critical Reading 200-800  Math 200-800  Writing 200-800  Total composite score of 1-36 (based on average of 4 tests)  Score of 0-12 for optional essay
  11. 11. SAT ACT  GUESSING PENALTY - ¼ point subtracted for wrong answers  Your ENTIRE score history will be sent automatically to colleges – you may not choose scores  No GUESSING PENALTY – nothing subtracted for wrong answers  You decide which scores to send to colleges and may send just your highest scores
  12. 12. ACT SAT MATH/READING SAT MATH, READING, WRITING 36 1600 2400 35 1560-1590 2340 34 1510-1550 2260 33 1460-1500 2190 32 1410-1450 2130 31 1360-1400 2040 30 1320-1350 1980 29 1280-1310 1920 28 1240-1270 1860 27 1210-1230 1820 26 1170-1200 1760
  13. 13. ACT SAT (math, reading) SAT (math, reading, writing) 25 1130-1160 1700 24 1090-1120 1650 23 1060-1080 1590 22 1020-1050 1530 21 980-1010 1500 20 940-970 1410 19 900-930 1350 18 860-890 1290 17 810-850 1210 16 760-800 1140 15 710-750 1060 14 660-700 1000 13 590-650 900 12 520-580 780 11 500-510 750
  14. 14. SAT ACT  Reasoning Test - $51 Fee waivers available  Change or Late Fee - $27.50  4 score reports free  Additional score reports - $11.25  Offered FREE to all high school juniors at Williams  ACT - $36.50  ACT + writing - $52.50  4 score reports free  Additional score reports $12.00
  15. 15. SAT ACT Test Date Register by October 5 September 6 **November 2 October 3 December 7 November 8 January 25 December 27 **March 8 February 7 May 3 April 4 June 7 May 9 Test Date Register by September 21 August 23 **October 26 September 27 December 14 November 8 February 8 January 10 **April 12 March 7 June 14 May 9 ** @ Williams @Williams High School - free - for all juniors (TBA) ** @ Williams Oct. 5 SAT will report for Early Admission
  16. 16.  Check out their Freshman Profile http://colleges.co llegetoolkit.com /Colleges/State /North_Carolin a/37.aspx
  17. 17.  http://colleges.collegetoolkit.com/colleges/ad missions/ /199218.aspx
  18. 18. Since colleges accept both . . . and since some students perform better on the ACT . . . and some perform better on the SAT . . .
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