PLANNING A TESTING
    SCHEDULE
 A practical guide for parents and students
WITH THE
END GOAL
 IN MIND

 It is never too early to
create a plan, set goals,
and become familiar with
         the test...
WELCOME


The goal of this evening is to provide you information about
the upcoming College Admissions Testing opportuniti...
DEMYSTIFYING THE....

PSAT

SAT I Reasoning Test

ACT with writing

SAT II Subject Tests

AP Exams
PSAT

What:Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship

When:Wednesday October 13, 2010---

Where:The PSAT is given at ...
PSAT

 The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
(PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College...
BENEFITS


My College Quickstart

      My Road
SAT I-REASONING TEST
The SAT I is offered seven times a year in the United States and six times at international sites. The...
SAT 2010-11 TEST DATES
          (REGISTRATIONS DEADLINES TBD)

Oct. 9

Nov. 6

Dec. 4

Jan. 22

March 12 SAT only. United...
ACT WITH WRITING

The ACT includes multiple-choice tests in four subject areas
—English, mathematics, reading, and science...
ACT 2010-11 TEST DATES
Test Date            Deadline             Late (additional fee)


September 11, 2010* 
 August 6, 2...
SCORE REPORTING

New SAT ®
Score-Reporting Policy
Designed to reduce student stress and improve the test-day experience, t...
SAT II SUBJECT TESTS
Demonstrating subject-area mastery on SAT Subject Tests
in....

English: Literature

History and Soci...
SAT II-SUBJECT TESTS


Each test is approximately an hour

Up to three tests can be taken in one test sitting

The Reasoni...
AP EXAMS

AP Exams are required if your student is taking an AP
course.

The exams are the first two weeks of May

Scores r...
REDUCE STRESS
    plan ahead
REALLY?


How do we fit this all in??

Starting to plan now will help manage stress levels

Planning ahead can also save yo...
TIMELINE
Fall 10th grade-take PSAT

Fall 11th grade-take PSAT--Your student must register and pay in
guidance--scores are ...
COMING SOON



Naviance--a career and college planning program that uses
your student’s information to facilitate the sear...
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  • Planning a testing schedule for college admissions

    1. 1. PLANNING A TESTING SCHEDULE A practical guide for parents and students
    2. 2. WITH THE END GOAL IN MIND It is never too early to create a plan, set goals, and become familiar with the tests.
    3. 3. WELCOME The goal of this evening is to provide you information about the upcoming College Admissions Testing opportunities that will be approaching in the fall of your student’s Junior year. We will define the different acronyms. Help you start to plan a testing schedule.
    4. 4. DEMYSTIFYING THE.... PSAT SAT I Reasoning Test ACT with writing SAT II Subject Tests AP Exams
    5. 5. PSAT What:Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship When:Wednesday October 13, 2010--- Where:The PSAT is given at WHS How: 10th graders are paid for by the school district. 11th graders need to register in Guidance by bringing in a check for $15.00 made out to WHS and signing up.
    6. 6. PSAT The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. Measures: Critical reading skills, Math problem-solving skills &Writing skills
    7. 7. BENEFITS My College Quickstart My Road
    8. 8. SAT I-REASONING TEST The SAT I is offered seven times a year in the United States and six times at international sites. The test: * Takes three hours and 45 minutes * Consists of 10 separately timed sections: o Three sections test critical reading (70 minutes total) o Three sections test mathematics (70 minutes total) o Three sections test writing (60 minutes total) o One variable (unscored) section tests critical reading, mathematics, or writing (25 minutes total) * Assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills in three areas: o Critical reading o Mathematics o Writing * Includes three kinds of questions: o Multiple-choice question, Student-produced responses (mathematics only) & Essay question * Is machine-scored, except for the essay
    9. 9. SAT 2010-11 TEST DATES (REGISTRATIONS DEADLINES TBD) Oct. 9 Nov. 6 Dec. 4 Jan. 22 March 12 SAT only. United States and U.S. territories. May 7 June 4
    10. 10. ACT WITH WRITING The ACT includes multiple-choice tests in four subject areas —English, mathematics, reading, and science. The tests measure students' current levels of educational development in these subjects. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. Most colleges and universities in the United States accept ACT test scores as part of their application process.
    11. 11. ACT 2010-11 TEST DATES Test Date Deadline Late (additional fee) September 11, 2010* August 6, 2010 August 7 – 20, 2010 October 23, 2010 September 17, 2010 September 18 – October 1, 2010 December 11, 2010 November 5, 2010 November 6 – 19, 2010 February 12, 2011** January 7, 2011 January 8 – 21, 2011 April 9, 2011 March 4, 2011 March 5 – 18, 2011 June 11, 2011 May 6, 2011 May 7 – 20, 2011
    12. 12. SCORE REPORTING New SAT ® Score-Reporting Policy Designed to reduce student stress and improve the test-day experience, the College Board has approved Score Choice™, an important change to the current SAT® score-reporting policy. This new policy gives students the option to send SAT scores by test date in accordance with a particular collegeʼs score-use practice. Score Choice is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores are sent automatically. Each college, university and scholarship program has different score-use practices. The College Board has designed an easy-to-use process that provides students with score-use practices for each participating institution. Students are responsible for following an institutionʼs practice, and colleges and universities will only receive the scores that students send them. What does this mean? You can pay extra to send only the sitting that you want to be sent. Reality--the top colleges have stated that they want to see ALL of your scores.
    13. 13. SAT II SUBJECT TESTS Demonstrating subject-area mastery on SAT Subject Tests in.... English: Literature History and Social Studies: United States History &World History Mathematics: Mathematics 1 & Mathematics 2 Languages: Chinese*, French*, German*, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish*, Japanese*, Korean*, Spanish* (*note that some have listening options or requirements) Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
    14. 14. SAT II-SUBJECT TESTS Each test is approximately an hour Up to three tests can be taken in one test sitting The Reasoning test and Subject tests can not be taken on the same day
    15. 15. AP EXAMS AP Exams are required if your student is taking an AP course. The exams are the first two weeks of May Scores range from 5-1 Benefits are that your student may earn college credits for the course if they earn between a 3-5.
    16. 16. REDUCE STRESS plan ahead
    17. 17. REALLY? How do we fit this all in?? Starting to plan now will help manage stress levels Planning ahead can also save you money if you avoid late fees
    18. 18. TIMELINE Fall 10th grade-take PSAT Fall 11th grade-take PSAT--Your student must register and pay in guidance--scores are returned towards the end of December Determine if your student is ready to take the SAT or ACT Determine if potential colleges your student may apply to want Subject Tests--if so, plan to get those in at the end of 11th grade Winter/Spring 11th grade-Take SAT at LEAST once if not twice Fall 12th grade-take one more SAT/ACT test if needed
    19. 19. COMING SOON Naviance--a career and college planning program that uses your student’s information to facilitate the search process More information to come next school year

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