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ACT and SAT PREP

  • Paradise High School College Nights
  • November 10, 2009
  • By SusanLee Torrey and Alan Rice

ACT

  • The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
  • The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
  • The Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
  • www.act.org

SAT

  • SAT tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school.
  • www.collegeboard.com

ACT and SAT: Purpose

  • For students:
  • To advise students about their academic standing statewide and nationwide
  • To identify academic areas of strength and weakness
  • For colleges and universities
  • To determine a student’s potential academic performance/success in college

ACT and SAT: Use by Colleges/Universities

  • Admission
  • Used in conjunction with class rank, GPA, admission essays
  • Scholarships
  • Many universities have one application for university scholarships

ACT: Test Structure

  • English Section
  • Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills
  • 75 questions
  • 45 minutes
  • www.act.org

ACT: English section

  • The test consists of five prose passages, each one accompanied by multiple-choice test questions. Different passage types are included to provide variety.
  • Questions ask about an underlined portion, a section of the passage, or the passage as a whole.
  • Many questions include "NO CHANGE" to the underlined portion or the passage as one of the choices.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Test Structure

  • Mathematics Section
  • Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
  • 60 questions
  • 60 minutes
  • www.act.org

ACT: Mathematics Section

  • The test presents multiple-choice questions that require reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics.
  • Students need knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills to answer the problems, but are not required to know complex formulas and perform extensive computation.
  • Calculators are permitted but not necessary.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Test Structure

  • Reading Section
  • Measures reading comprehension
  • 40 questions
  • 35 minutes
  • www.act.org

ACT: Reading Section

  • Questions ask students to use referring and reasoning skills to:
  • determine main ideas
  • locate and interpret significant details
  • understand sequences of events
  • make comparisons
  • comprehend cause-effect relationships
  • determine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements
  • draw generalizations
  • analyze the author's or narrator's voice and method
  • www.act.org

ACT: Reading Section

  • The test comprises four prose passages that are representative of the level and kind of reading required in first-year college courses; passages on topics in social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities are included.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Test Structure

  • Science Section
  • Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
  • 40 questions
  • 35 minutes
  • www.act.org

ACT: Science Section

  • The test presents seven sets of scientific information, each followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions. The scientific information is presented in one of three different formats:
  • data representation (graphs, tables, and other schematic forms)
  • research summaries (descriptions of one or more related experiments)
  • conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one another)
  • www.act.org

ACT: Science Section

  • The questions require students to:
  • recognize and understand the basic features of, and concepts related to, the provided information
  • examine critically the relationship between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developed
  • generalize from given information and draw conclusions, gain new information, or make predictions
  • www.act.org

ACT: Test Structure

  • Writing Section
  • Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.
  • 1 prompt
  • 30 minutes
  • www.act.org

ACT: Writing Section

  • The test consists of one writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue. You are asked to respond to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt. In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue. Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take on the issue.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Testing Tips

  • Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
  • Read the directions for each test carefully.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Testing Tips

  • Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
  • Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Testing Tips

  • Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test.
  • On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
  • www.act.org

ACT: Testing Tips

  • Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
  • www.act.org
  • Answer first and last questions in English and Math sections. The first 10-15 and last 10-15 questions in these sections are generally easier than the middle questions.

ACT: Website

  • www.actstudent.org

ACT: Scores

  • ACT scores range from 36 to 11
  • Highest score is a 36

ACT: Sample Score Report

  • www.actstudent.org
  • Search for sample score report

SAT: Test Structure

  • Critical Reading Section
  • 70 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)
  • Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Critical Reading

  • Sentence completion questions test your vocabulary and your understanding of sentence structure. (19 questions)
  • Passage-based reading questions test your comprehension of what is stated in or implied by the passage, not your prior knowledge of the topic. (48 questions)
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Test Structure

  • Mathematics Section
  • 70 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)
  • Multiple-choice questions and student-produced responses
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Mathematics Section

  • Multiple-choice questions (44 questions)
  • Student-produced response questions appear without answer choices. You'll use your answer sheet to "grid in" your solution. (10 questions)
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Test Structure

  • Writing Section
  • 60 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 10-minute section)
  • Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written essay (25 min.)
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Writing Section

  • The SAT® begins with an essay. You'll be asked to present and support a point of view on a specific issue. Because you have only 25 minutes, your essay is not expected to be polished—it is meant to be a first draft.
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Writing Section

  • The SAT writing section also includes three types of multiple-choice questions:
    • Improving sentences (25 questions)
    • Identifying sentence errors (18 questions)
    • Improving paragraphs (6 questions)
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Writing Section

  • The multiple-choice sections measure your ability to:
  • communicate ideas clearly and effectively
  • improve a piece of writing through revision and editing
  • recognize and identify sentence-level errors
  • understand grammatical elements and structures and how they relate to each other in a sentence
  • recognize correctly formed grammatical structures
  • clearly express ideas through sentence-combining and use of transitional words and phrases
  • improve coherence of ideas within and among paragraphs
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Subject Tests

  • The SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge.
  • The SAT Subject Tests are the only national admissions tests that give you the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content in specific subjects, such as English, history, mathematics, science, and various foreign languages.
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Testing Tips

  • Answer easy questions first. The easier questions are usually at the start of the section, and the harder ones are at the end. The exception is in the critical reading section, where questions are ordered according to the logic and organization of each passage.
  • Make educated guesses. If you can rule out one or more answer choices for multiple-choice questions, you have a better chance of guessing the right answer.
  • Skip questions that you really can't answer. No points are deducted if an answer is left blank.
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Testing Tips

  • Limit your time on any one question. All questions are worth the same number of points. If you need a lot of time to answer a question, go on to the next one. Later, you may have time to return to the question you skipped.
  • Keep track of time. Don't spend too much time on any group of questions within a section.
  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: website

  • www.collegeboard.com

SAT: Scores

  • SAT scores range from
  • 1600 to 510
  • Highest score is a 1600

SAT: Sample Score Report

  • Using a search engine, search for sample sat score report. Click on Page 1 of 6 Score Report. It is a sample score report provided by the Princeton Review.

ACT/SAT Concordance

  • www.act.org
  • Search for act and sat score concordance

ACT and SAT: Test Day Tips

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat breakfast. Take snacks for the break.
  • Turn off cell phone.
  • Bring a watch for time keeping.

ACT and SAT: Test Day Tips

  • Bring appropriate form of ID
  • Bring admission ticket.
  • Bring several no. 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils or pens)
  • Bring approved calculator (allowed but not necessary)

ACT and SAT: When to Take?

  • Spring of junior year
  • Early fall of senior year
  • Last chance for seniors: early second semester senior year (February test date)

ACT and SAT: How Many Times?

  • Take at least twice.
  • Statistics show that on average students improve 1-2 points on the ACT and 50-200 points on the SAT.

ACT: Test Dates 2009-2010

  • Test date Registration Late Registration
  • December 12, 2009 November 6, 2009 November 7 – 20, 2009
  • February 6, 2010 January 5, 2010 January 6 – 15, 2010
  • April 10, 2010 March 5, 2010 March 6 – 19, 2010
  • June 12, 2010 May 7, 2010 May 8 – 21, 2010
  • ACT: Fees 2009-2010
  • ACT test with no writing section $32.00
  • ACT test with writing section $47.00
  • Fees include score to student, score report to high school, and four score reports to colleges and universities of student’s choice
  • Fee waivers available: see your campus counselor for qualifications

SAT: Test Dates 2009-2010

  • Test date Registration
  • January 23, 2010 December 15, 2009
  • March 13, 2010 February 4, 2010
  • May 1, 2010 March 25, 2010
  • June 5, 2010 April 29, 2010
  • SAT: Fees 2009-2010
  • SAT test includes writing section $45
  • SAT subject tests $20
  • Fees include score to student, score report to high school, and four score reports to colleges and universities of student’s choice
  • Fee waivers available: see your campus counselor for qualifications

Admission Requirements

  • University of North Texas
  • Accepts ACT or SAT (must submit writing section, but not used for admission)
  • www.unt.edu

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Mid Western State University
  • Accepts ACT or SAT (must submit writing portion, but not used for admission)
  • www.mwsu.edu

ACT/SAT: Questions



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