The SAT and ACT are college entrance tests for students planning to enter 4-year colleges and universities. Most colleges will accept either exam but check the college admissions requirement to verify. These tests should be taken spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. Registration materials, test dates, locations, test strategies and practice tests are available in the Career Center and online.
Differences between the SAT and ACT:
The SAT is an aptitude test and is composed of ten-sections: three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The essay component is mandatory. The test is scored as 200-800 for each subject with 2400 being the highest possible score. The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. A helpful online resource for SAT studying is https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
The ACT is curriculum based and is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The essay component is optional. The test is scored as 1-36 with 36 being the highest possible score. The test is approximately 3 hours long (add a half-hour if taking the optional essay component). Wrong answers are not penalized so fill in all answer questions.
For practice ACT and SAT tests, come to the Career Center for a list of websites!
The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is offered once a year in October. Juniors should take it for possible scholarships in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores can take it for practice.
The PLAN program helps 9th and 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information to help better prepare for the ACT test.