SAT/ACT/AP Exams

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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

2021-2021 SAT/ACT TEST DATES

SAT

www.collegeboard.org

ACT

www.act.org

August 28

October 2

November 6 **

December 4

March 12

May 7

June 4

September 11

October 23

December 11

February 12

April 2

June 11

July 16

 

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

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SAT SUBJECT TESTS

College Board no longer offers subject tests as of 2021.