SAT/ACT/AP Exam Information

SAT/ACT EXAM

Most colleges require that you take an entrance exam. Check with the colleges you are interested in attending to find out which exams are necessary. A number of colleges do not require the SAT or ACT as a component of admission. Please refer to www.fairtest.org/university/optional to find these colleges.

Should you take the new SAT, the ACT, or both? Take this quiz

2018-19 SAT/ACT TEST DATES

SAT

www.collegeboard.org

ACT

www.act.org

August 25, 2018

October 6, 2018

November 3, 2018

December 1, 2018

March 9, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 1, 2019

September 8, 2018

October 27, 2018

December 8, 2018

February 9, 2019

April 13, 2019

June 8, 2019

 

 

COMPARING THE SAT AND ACT EXAMS

 

SAT

www.collegeboard.org

ACT

www.act.org

Why Take It

Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships

Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships

Test Structure

Reading

Writing & Language

Math

Essay (Optional)

English

Math

Reading

Science Reasoning

Essay (Optional)

Length

3 hours (without essay)

3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)

3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)

Reading

5 reading passages

4 reading passages

Science

None

1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)

Math

Covers:

Arithmetic

Algebra I & II

Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

Covers:

Arithmetic

Algebra I & II

Geometry and Trigonometry

Calculator Policy

Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator

You can use a calculator on all math questions

Essays

Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

How It's Scored

Scored on a scale of 400-1600

Scored on a scale of 1-36

Source: princetonreview.com

 

 

PREPARING FOR THE ACT & SAT

The best preparation for college entrance exams is exactly what you are already doingbeing an attentive student. Enriching your vocabulary, reading widely, writing frequently, and practicing math concepts is your best approach. Although professional test preparation is available, research shows that taking a prep class does not guarantee that your score will increase significantly. We suggest you study on your own the first time you take the test, then reevaluate your studying options after receiving your first scores. Do not wait until a week before you take the exam.

Suggested NO or LOW COST ways to practice:

  • Read the editorial page of your newspaper and talk about what you read.
  • Practice in a stress-free environment on your own time frame.
  • ACT Practice Questions
  • Best Colleges ACT Prep
  • SAT Question of the Day
  • SAT Question of the Day App
  • SAT Practice Questions
  • SAT Practice Test
  • Subject Test Practice Questions
  • Khan Academy (for SAT)
  • IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy SAT/ACT Prep classes

 

Suggested Books:

  • The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Guide to Include 3 Real ACT Tests, Author: ACT.org

  • The Official SAT Study Guide, Author: The College Board

  • The Official SAT Subject Tests (a separate book for each subject), Author: The College Board
     

 

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

Each SAT Subject Test covers a subject you may study in high school or are skilled in based on personal background (for example, if you are fluent in a language other than English). Only a limited number of colleges or majors require Subject Tests. While SAT Subject Tests are not required for UC admission, some campuses recommend that students vying for slots in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

SAT SUBJECT TEST LIST

www.collegeboard.org

Core Subject Areas Language Other Than English

Literature

US History

World History

Math Level 1

Math Level 2

Biology - Ecological

Biology - Molecular

Chemistry

Physics

 

 

 

French

French with Listening

German

German with Listening

Spanish

Spanish with Listening

Modern Hebrew

Italian

Latin

Chinese with Listening

Japanese with Listening

Korean with Listening

   

AP EXAM

Comprehensive AP exam information can be found by clicking here.