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SAT I: Reasoning Test
Most colleges and universities require
applicants to take the SAT I reasoning test, (formerly the Scholastic Aptitude
Test). The SAT I is intended to measure a student's aptitude for learning
- not intelligence. Colleges use the results of the SAT I to help predict
how well prospective students will do academically in college. In addition,
the SAT I gives colleges a chance to compare students who did not attend
the same high school, who had different teachers, different friends, and
different circumstances surrounding their education.
The SAT I consists of two main parts -
a verbal section and a mathematics section. It is similar to the PSAT/NMSQT,
except that the SAT I has more questions. Sometimes SAT I scores are stated
separately (a score of 580 on the verbal section and a 620 on the mathematics
section). Sometimes the test results are referred to as a single combined
score (the previous example of 580 verbal and 620 mathematics would result
in a combined score of 1200).
The SAT I recently went through a recentering
process which means that SAT scores, on average, increased. The College
Board recentered the scores to reestablish the midpoint on the 200-800
scale in an effort to make scores easier to understand.
The SAT I is offered a number of times
throughout the year. Most students take this test in the spring of their
junior year and many repeat the process during the fall of their senior
year. There is no limit to how often the test can be taken, although most
high school counselors feel that twice is usually enough.
it is your responsibility to make sure that you contact the Educational
Testing Service (ETS) to have your scores forwarded to the colleges of
your choice. This can be done when you take the test (by indicating which
schools you wish to receive your scores) or after you receive your results.
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SAT II: Subject Tests
The SAT II: Subject tests, unlike the
SAT I tests, are given to find out how much students know about a particular
subject area. Some colleges require that SAT II subject tests be taken
for placing students properly in classes, others use the test scores as
part of the admissions criteria, and some schools do not require students
to take SAT II subject tests at all. Check with the admissions office
at your favorite colleges to find out their requirements.
The ACT (American College Test) is used
by schools throughout the country in addition to, or instead of, the SAT
tests. The ACT examines students' abilities in English, mathematics, natural
sciences, and social studies. Like the SAT, the ACT is used to help colleges
sift through the thousands of applications they receive and to determine
which students are most likely to succeed.
The ACT is administered at different times
throughout the year. Like the SAT, it is typically taken in the spring
of the junior year and then again, in some cases, during the fall of the
senior year. If a school you are interested in will accept either SAT or
ACT scores, you may want to consider taking a practice test in each one,
and then take the one that you feel is best suited to your strengths.
The home page for the American College
Test (ACT) examinations and other testing packages, has information on
the tests and on-line registration, and the college application process.
For parents, there are sections on career options, resources, and college
planning. The college planning section has a planning checklist and a glossary
of higher education terms. If visiting this site, check out C3 which
has information for parents, students, and guidance counselors including
a useful financial aid estimator, links to virtual tours, and a college
This site has information on PSAT SAT,
and AP examinations. Students can register for SATs on-line. Links
are also provided to CollegeSearch (a college choice search engine) and
Going Right On, a planning site for pre-high school students.
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