Welcome to act/sat informational Night



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Welcome to ACT/SAT Informational Night

  • Matt Barber
  • Counselor

Tonight’s Agenda

  • SAT I
  • SAT II Subject Area Tests
  • ACT
  • SAT v ACT
  • PSAT
  • ACT Aspire
  • Colleges/Extras
  • Questions

Timeline

  • 7th,8th and 9th Graders: Can take the PSAT (Accelerated)
  • 10th Graders: Can take the PSAT
  • 11 Graders:
    • Fall: Take the PSAT (Scholarships)
    • Spring: Take the ACT and/or SAT
  • 12 Graders:
    • Fall: Retake the ACT and/or SAT

The Road to the SAT/ACT

  • ACT(11-12)
    • ACT Aspire (Early High School)
    • ACT Aspire(8)
  • SAT (11-12)
  • PSAT (10-11)
  • READISTEP(8-9)

SAT I

  • Typically taken for the first time spring of your Junior year
  • It tells students how well they use skills and knowledge they have attained in and out of the classroom. Including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.
  • 3 hour and 45 minute exam
  • 10 sections
  • Scored range is a 200-800 in three sections
  • Total score is between 600-2400
  • Between 400-1600 (Only R/M)
  • National average for the SAT is 1500.

SAT I

  • Offered 7 times a year
    • January, March, May, June, October, November, December
  • Students can register at www.collegeboard.org
  • SAT Fee Waivers are available
  • Cost is $52.50 and includes 4 score reports.
  • Test is given on Saturday mornings at selected high schools all over Arizona.
  • ¼ point deducted for each wrong answer.

SAT I

  • The Math Section
    • Score range is between a 200-800.
    • Two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section
    • There’s 5-choice multiple choice questions and student produced responses.
    • It’s on number and operations, algebra and functions, geometry, statistics, probability, and data analysis
    • It includes mathematics topics through a 3rd year college prep course (algebra 2).
    • Students may use a calculator
    • There are formulas at the top of each math section.

SAT I

  • The Critical Reading Section
    • Score range is between 200-800 points.
    • Two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section
    • There is reading comprehension, sentence completion, and paragraph-length critical reading.
    • It includes critical reading and sentence-level reading.

SAT I

  • The Writing Section
    • Score range is between 200-800.
    • 60 minute section
    • There are multiple choice questions (35 min) and student-written essay (25 min).

SAT II Subject Area Tests

  • Subject area tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas. Cost is $26.00, add $26 for language and listening add $16 for others.
  • SAT Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas:
  • English
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • History
  • French
  • US History
  • French with Listening
  • World History
  • German
  • Mathematics
  • German with Listening
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Spanish
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • Spanish with Listening
  • Science
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Biology E/M
  • Italian
  • Chemistry
  • Latin
  • Physics
  • Japanese with Listening
  •  
  • Korean with Listening

Collegeboard’s list of schools that require SAT Subject Area Tests

  • Click on the website below
  • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-subject/about/institutions#inst_using_SAT
  • Always double check with the schools website.

ACT

  • Typically taken for the first time spring of your junior year.
  • The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school.
  • The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.
  • Scale scores range from 1(low) to 36(high) for each of the four multiple-choice tests and the Composite score.
  • Two scores are reported for the optional Writing Test: a Combined English/Writing score on a scale of 1-36 and a Writing sub-score on a scale of 2-12. ACT also provides Comments from one of the trained readers who scored each student’s essay.
  • The ACT national average is between a 20 and 21.
  • College Readiness (Eng 18, Math 22, Read 22, Sci 23)

ACT

  • Offered 6 times a year
    • February, April, June, September, October, December
    • Students can register at www.act.org
    • Cost is $38.00 for no writing and $54.50 with writing
    • ACT Fee Waivers are available
    • Tests are given on Saturday mornings at selected high schools in Arizona
    • No point deducted for a wrong answer

ACT

  • The English Section
  • Score range is between 1-36.
  • Test is a 75-question, 45-minute test
  • Covers punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style

ACT

  • The Math Section
  • Score range is between a 1-36
  • Test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to measure the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken by the end of 11th grade (Algebra 2). Includes trigonometry.
  • Students may use calculators.
  • No formula sheet given.

ACT

  • The Reading Section
    • Score Range is 1-36
    • Has a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension.
    • You’re asked to read four passages and answer questions that show your understanding of
    • what is directly stated.
    • Statements with implied meanings

ACT

  • The Science Section
    • Score range is 1-36
    • Has a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the skills required in the natural sciences: interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning , and problem solving.
    • The test assumes students have completed a course in Earth Science and/or physical science and a course in biology.

ACT

  • The Writing Section
  • Two scores are reported for the optional Writing Test: a Combined English/Writing score on a scale of 1-36 and a Writing sub-score on a scale of 2-12.
  • The Writing Test is a 30-minute essay test that measures your writing skills-specifically those writing skills emphasized in high school English classes.
  • 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.

ACT

  • Every Junior in the Chandler Unified School District will be given the ACT this spring.
  • 4 Free Score Reports
  • ***Writing Section will not be given**
  • April 23?

SAT vs ACT

  • SAT
    • Aptitude Test
    • Given 7 times per year
    • Reading, Math, and Writing
    • ¼ of a point deduction for wrong answer on multiple choice
    • 200-800 per section, for a score of 600-2400
  • ACT
    • Achievement Test
    • Given 6 times per year
    • English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning, and optional Writing
    • No penalty for wrong answer
    • 1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score, 2-12 for the Writing Test

SAT VS ACT

  • SAT
    • Math section includes Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2
    • Sends 4 free reports to colleges of your choice, each additional report is $12 - 16
    • Formulas given for math section
  • ACT
    • Math section includes Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry
    • Sends 4 free reports to colleges of your choice, each additional report is $12 - 16
    • No formulas given for math section

ACT/SAT Comparison Chart

  • ACT Composite Score
  • Estimated SAT CR+M+W
  • SAT CR+M (Score Range)
  • 36
  • 2380-2400
  • 1600
  • 35
  • 2290-2370
  • 1540-1590
  • 34
  • 2220-2280
  • 1490-1530
  • 33
  • 2140-2210
  • 1440-1480
  • 32
  • 2080-2130
  • 1400-1430
  • 31
  • 2020-2070
  • 1360-1390
  • 30
  • 1980-2010
  • 1330-1350
  • 29
  • 1920-1970
  • 1290-1320
  • 28
  • 1860-1910
  • 1250-1280
  • 27
  • 1800-1850
  • 1210-1240
  • 26
  • 1740-1790
  • 1170-1200
  • 25
  • 1680-1730
  • 1130-1160
  • 24
  • 1620-1670
  • 1090-1120
  • 23
  • 1560-1610
  • 1050-1080
  • 22
  • 1510-1550
  • 1020-1040

ACT/SAT Comparison Chart

  • ACT Composite Score
  • Estimated SAT CR+M+W
  • SAT CR+M (Score Range)
  • 21
  • 1450-1500
  • 980-1010
  • 20
  • 1390-1440
  • 940-970
  • 19
  • 1330-1380
  • 900-930
  • 18
  • 1270-1320
  • 860-890
  • 17
  • 1210-1260
  • 820-850
  • 16
  • 1140-1200
  • 770-810
  • 15
  • 1060-1130
  • 720-760
  • 14
  • 990-1050
  • 670-710
  • 13
  • 910-980
  • 620-660
  • 12
  • 820-900
  • 560-610
  • 11
  • 750-810
  • 510-550

SAT vs ACT

  • So how do I know whether my son/daughter will score higher on the ACT or SAT????

PSAT

  • The PSAT is a standardized test that provides first hand practice for the SAT.
  • Also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. Only available to high school juniors
  • AP Potential for high school AP courses
  • Is given on Wednesday, October 15th or Saturday, October 18th of this year depending on the high school.
  • Basha High School is giving the test on October 18 th. Cost is $20. Students can sign-up and pay in the school bookstore.
  • **First come first serve**

PSAT

  • The PSAT/NMSQT measures
    • Critical reading skills
    • Math problem-solving skills
    • Writing skills
    • Scholarships
    • National Merit Scholarship
    • National Hispanic Recognition Program
    • National Achievement Scholarship Program

PSAT

  • Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT receive a free, personalized college and career planning kit. This allows students to:
    • Access your enhanced online score report
    • Prepare for the SAT with a customized study plan, based on PSAT results
    • View a starter list of colleges determined by your home state and indicated choice of major
    • Connect to detailed profiles of colleges, majors, and careers

ACT Aspire

  • http://www.discoveractaspire.org/assessments.html

Can’t Take the PSAT or Practice ACT

  • Princeton Review will be coming on the Basha campus this spring to give a practice SAT and ACT
  • ACT, January 27th from 3 – 7pm in the Auditorium.
  • SAT, February 24th from 3 – 7pm in the Auditorium.
  • Sign ups will start after Christmas Break on the Princeton Review website.

SAT vs ACT

  • How do I know whether my son/daughter will score higher on the SAT or ACT?
  • Have your son/daughter take the PSAT and ACT practice test. They will give you a predictor of what they will score. Then you can compare.

Additional Info

  • Redesigned SAT
    • https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign
  • Schools with highest SAT scores
    • http://www.businessinsider.com/colleges-with-the-highest-sat-scores-2014-8

Colleges

  • The following schools are looking for ACT/SAT scores around this mark.
    • ASU/NAU- 22 ACT and 1040 SAT (CR/M)
    • BYU- ACT Score in the high 20’s, SAT 1170 – 1380 R/M to be competitive for admission
    • Florida State- ACT Score 24 – 29, and SAT 1680 – 1929 R/M/W to be competitive for admission.
    • USC – ACT score in the high 20’s, SAT 1910 – 2220 to be competitive for admission
    • All other schools please visit their website!!

Extras

  • How to study??
    • Free practice tests in career center.
    • Use your PSAT or ACT practice test.
    • Try the SAT and/or ACT Question of the Day!
    • Buy a SAT/ACT practice book at a local bookstore.
    • Take a free practice exam.
    • Take an SAT/ACT prep class.

Websites

  • College Information
    • CSO College Center: www.CSOcollegecenter.org
    • The College Board: www.collegeboard.com
    • Peterson’s: www.petersons.com
    • The Common App: www.commonapp.org
    • Hobson’s Collegeview: www.collegeview.com
    • Colleges That Change Lives: www.ctcl.org

Websites

  • Testing
    • ACT: www.act.org
    • ACT Fee Waiver Instructions: www.actstudent.org/faq/answers/feewaiver.html
    • SAT: The College Board: www.collegeboard.com
    • SAT Fee Waiver Instructions: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees/feewaivers.html
    • Preliminary SAT(PSAT): www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about/html
    • Free Test Prep from Number2.com: www.number2.com
    • The Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com
    • Kaplan’s Test Prep: www.kaptest.com
    • Zapps/Rmass: www.rmass.com

For Up Coming SAT/ACT Information and more…

  • Visit the Basha High School Counseling Webpage at:
  • http://www.mychandlerschools.org/domain/633


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