7th,8th and 9th Graders: Can take the PSAT (Accelerated)
10th Graders: Can take the PSAT
Fall: Take the PSAT (Scholarships)
Spring: Take the ACT and/or SAT
Fall: Retake the ACT and/or SAT
The Road to the SAT/ACT
ACT Aspire (Early High School)
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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**
SAT vs ACT
Given 7 times per year
Reading, Math, and Writing
¼ of a point deduction for wrong answer on multiple choice