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Title: Heres some stuff you need to know about the SAT and ACT if you want to go to college and get lots of


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Heres some stuff you need to know about the
SAT and ACT if you want to go to college and get
lots of great scholarships and generally succeed
in life for all of its beauty and truth without
wanting to harm others most of the day. Plus, I
get to use my projector in class. Yay.
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A little history
  • Until recently, the ACT was traditionally
    required by colleges in the midwest, and the SAT
    was the test of choice in the northeast and on
    the east and west coasts. But now an increasing
    number of students are taking the ACT, and the
    majority of schools in the United States now
    accept both SAT and ACT test results.

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So, whats the ACT?
  • The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a
    student has learned in school.

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What is covered on the ACT?
  • The ACT has up to 5 components English,
    Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional
    Writing Test.

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A few more details
  • The ACT includes a science reasoning test the
    SAT does not.
  • The ACT math section includes trigonometry.
  • The ACT tests English grammar the SAT does not.

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ACT in a snapshot
  • The American College Testing Assessment (ACT) is
    designed to test your skill levels in English,
    math, reading, and science reasoning. On the
    test, you will have 2 hours and 55 minutes to
    complete a variety of multiple choice questions
    divided into four sections, one for each tested
    subject area. The English, reading, and science
    sections each include several reading passages
    with anywhere from 5 to 15 questions per passage.
    The math section includes 60 questions each with
    5 possible answer choices.
  • You will actually receive 12 separate scores on
    the ACT 1 composite, 4 subject scores, and 7
    subscores. However the composite, or scaled,
    score is the most important. It ranges from 1-36.
    Nearly half of all test takers fall in the 17-23
    range.

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When can I take this ACT thingy?
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Lets talk money
  • Basic registration fee (per test option)
  • ACT (No Writing)31.00 Includes reports for you,
    your high school (if you authorize reporting),
    and up to four college choices (if valid codes
    are provided when you register).
  • ACT Plus Writing 46.00 Includes reports for you,
    your high school (if you authorize reporting),
    and up to four college choices (if valid codes
    are provided when you register). The 15.00
    Writing Test fee is refundable, on written
    request, if you are absent on test day or switch
    to the ACT (No Writing) before you begin testing.

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What about the SAT?
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The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing
reasoning and verbal abilities.
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Whats on the SAT?
  • The SAT has only 3 components Critical
    Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing
    Test.
  • The College Board introduced a new version of the
    SAT in 2005, with a mandatory writing test.

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Other information
  • The SAT tests vocabulary much more than the ACT.
  • The SAT is not entirely multiple choice.
  • The SAT has a guessing penalty the ACT does not.

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SAT in a snapshot
  • The SAT is the most widely taken college entrance
    examination. It is designed to test your skill
    level in math, vocabulary, and reading
    comprehension. The test is divided into seven
    sections 3 math, 3 verbal, and 1 experimental
    section. The math and verbal sections each have
    their own distinct question types, including
    quantitative comparisons, sentence completions,
    grid-ins, and more. The experimental section,
    used by the test developer to try out new
    questions, is not scored and can be either math
    or verbal. You will not know which section is
    experimental.

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How is it scored?
  • The SAT is scored on scale of 200-800 for both
    the math and verbal sections. The College Board
    sets the average for all test takers at 500 for
    each. A perfect score on the SAT is 1600.
    However, in recent years, fewer than 20 of all
    test takers achieve a math score of 600 or
    better. Fewer than 10 score higher than 600 on
    the verbal section.

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When can I take it?
  • 2008-09Test Dates Register By
  • October 4, 2008  Sept 9
  • November 1, 2008  Sept 26
  • December 6, 2008  Nov 5
  • January 24, 2009 Dec 26
  •  March 14, 2009  Feb 10
  • May 2, 2009 Mar 31
  •  June 6, 2009  May 5

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How much?
  • 2008-09 Fees
  • SAT Reasoning Test 45

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So, which one is right for you?
  •  ACT
  • Length 3 hours, 25 minutes (including the
    30-minute optional Writing Test)
  • Test Sections (5 with the optional Writing
    Test)Areas Tested English, Math, Reading,
    Science, Writing (optional)
  • Reading (ACT) 4 Reading Comprehension passages,
    10 questions per passage
  • Science Science (analysis, interpretation,
    evaluation, basic content, and problem solving)
  • Math Math accounts for 1/4 of overall score
  • Topics Covered Arithmetic, algebra, geometry,
    and trigonometry
  • Essay Last thing you do (optional) 30 minutes
    Not included in composite score Topic of
    importance to high school students Address
    counterarguments
  • ScoringTotal composite score of 1-36 (based on
    average of 4 tests) 4 scores of 1-36 for each
    test Score of 0-12 for the optional essay
  • Answer Penalty No wrong answer penalty
  • Test Contact Information ACT, Inc. (319) 337-1000
    www.actstudent.org
  • Sending Score History You decide which score is
    sent

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Or
  • SAT
  • Length 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Sections 10 Sections 3 Critical Reading, 3
    Math, 3 Writing (incl. the Essay), 1 Experimental
    (unscored)
  • Areas Tested Critical Reading, Math, Writing
    (includes the Essay), Experimental (unscored)
  • Critical Reading (SAT) Reading comprehension
    passages and questions, and sentence completion
    questions
  • Science Science not included
  • Math Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score
  • Topics Covered Arithmetic, geometry, algebra,
    and algebra
  • Essay First thing you do 25 minutes Factored
    into overall score More abstract topic (vs. the
    ACT) Pick a side and stick to it
  • Scoring score out of 2400 3 scores of 200-800
    for each section Score of 0-12 for the Essay
  • Wrong Answer Penalty1/4 point subtracted per
    wrong answer (except for Math Grid-in questions)
  • Test Contact Information www.collegeboard.com
    1-866-756-7346
  • Sending Score History Your entire score history
    will be sent automatically

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Of course, this class will prepare you for
both!!!
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