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College Testing Information

ACT or SAT?  Which one should your student take?  Click here to read about the differences, www.math.com/students/kaplan/satoract.html 


SAT vs ACT

SAT

ACT

 

Reasoning test

 

Criterion Referenced Test (curriculum based)

No science section

 

Sience resoning section

No trigonometry section

 

Math sections include trigonometry

Guessing penalty

No guessing penalty

Writing test required but not judged by some colleges and universities

 

Writing test is optional but strongly recommended

Math accounts for 1/3 of your score

 

Math accounts for ¼ of your score

Questions go from easy to hard in most sections

 

Easy and hard questions mixed within sections

All you SAT scores reported to colleges and top scores from each section are judged

Some colleges will “super score” which means they will take the top scores from each section of multiple tests

 

All of one sitting can be submitted for judging

Report scores only from the test dates you choose

 

$50 per test

 

$50.50 per test

Subject tests available

 

No subject tests available

 

ALTERNATIVES TO ENTRANCE EXAMS

PORTFOLIOS….Some colleges and universities will allow students to submit a portfolio of “graded” student work in lieu of test scores on in addition to them.  Check with the college of your choice to find out if they will accept this alternative method.  Graded student work most often includes essays, projects, written assignments from core subjects, including language arts, science, social studies, and/or math in the student’s junior and/or senior year.  Work must have been graded.

FAIRTEST.ORG…. Some colleges and universities do not require either the SAT or ACT test.  Some will take the test scores to add into the “mix” of their holistic approach to admissions.  However, others don’t want them at all.  The website FAIRTEST.ORG will tell you which colleges and universities across the country do not use these exams.

SAT

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice — in the spring as a junior and in the fall as a senior. Most students improve their score the second time they take the SAT.

SAT test dates:

  • October 5, 2013
  • November 2, 2013
Test Fee - $50

Go to College Board SAT website to register




ACT



ACT test dates:
  • October 26, 2014
  • December 14, 2013
Test Fees - $36.50 for test with NO writing part or $52.50 for test WITH writing

Go to ACT registration website

WSHS Counselors
Student last name beginning with A – L:

Marcia Berenter, mberenter@seattleschools.org, 206-252-8819

Student last name beginning with M – Z:

Tara Vanselow, thvanselow@seattleschools.org, 206-252-8814


FREE Test Prep online courses:

  • ACT College Board
Local Test Prep classes:
  • Kaplan
  • Princeton Review
  • Student Edge
  • South Seattle Community College
  • UW SAT Prep
  • Mazor Test Prep


Reccomended Test Prep Books:

  • Up Your Score
  • The Underground Guide to the SAT
  • How to Outsmart the Test by Six Kids who Aced the SAT



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