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Title: College Admissions Testing


1
College Admissions Testing
  • CHS Student Services
  • January 2015

2
PSAT
  • One time per year in October
  • Same as SAT minus essay
  • Measures critical thinking and reasoning skills
  • Results in Decembervery useful!
  • 10th gradersjust practice
  • 11th graderspractice and National Merit
    Scholarship Qualifying (top 3 of testers)

3
SAT
  • 3 sections Math, Critical Reading, Writing
  • Each section scored out of 800 2400 total
    possible score
  • Offered 7 times throughout the year Oct, Nov,
    Dec, Jan, March, May, June
  • Most students test 2-3 times in winter/spring of
    11th grade/fall of 12th grade

4
Structure of SAT10 sections3 hours and 45
minutes
  • One 25 minute Essay section
  • Two 25 minute Math sections
  • Two 25 minute Critical Reading sections
  • One 25 minute multiple choice Writing section
  • One 20 minute Math section
  • One 20 minute Critical Reading section
  • One additional 25 minute section of Math, CR, or
    Writing (unscored variable section)
  • One 10 minute multiple choice writing section

5
Structure of SAT10 sections3 hours and 45
minutes
  • Critical Reading- 70 min / 67 questions
  • Two 25-minute and one 20-minute subsection
  • Extended Reasoning, Literal Comprehension,
    Vocabulary, Sentence Completion
  • Math- 70 min / 54 questions
  • Two 25-minute and one 20-minute subsection
  • Numbers and Operations, Algebra and Functions,
    Geometry and Measurement, Data Analysis,
    Statistics and Probability
  • Writing- 60 min / 50 questions (1 Essay)
  • One 25-min essay, one 25-min M.C., one 10-min
    M.C.
  • Improving sentences, identifying sentence errors,
    improving paragraphs

6
How is the SAT scored?
  • A raw score between 200 and 800 is given in 10 pt
    increments for each section Reading, Writing and
    Math.
  • 2014 National Average Scores
  • Reading 497
  • Math 513
  • Writing 487
  • Total score mean 1497

7
SAT Subject Tests
  • Only about 40 colleges in the country require SAT
    Subject Tests
  • Students in AP level courses should consider
    taking them (some honors also)
  • Typically in May or June upon completion of the
    course
  • Colleges that require Subject Tests typically
    require 2-3 tests
  • Subjects Tests can be used for admissions and
    placement

8
SAT Subject Tests
  • Literature
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Math 1- Alg 2 and Geom
  • Math 2- Pre-calc/Trig
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew (reading only)
  • Italian (reading only)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin (reading only)
  • Spanish

9
ACT
  • 4 sections English, Reading, Math, Science
  • Writing is optional, but beware!
  • Each section scored 1-36
  • Can replace SAT with Subject Tests at most
    colleges
  • Offered 6 times throughout the year Sept, Oct,
    Dec, Feb, April, June
  • Growing trend toward students taking both SAT and
    ACT

10
How is the ACT is structured?
  • Four tests and one optional Essay test
  • English
  • 75 multiple choice questions
  • 45 minute test
  • Math
  • 60 multiple choice questions
  • 60 minute test
  • Emphasis on Geometry with some Algebra and
    Trigonometry
  • Reading
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • 35 minute test
  • Science
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • 35 minute test
  • Questions based on science-based passages
  • Writing
  • 1 optional essay
  • 30 minute test

11
How is the ACT scored?
  • Students earn 1 to 36 on each test
  • ACT composite score is the average of the 4
    sections (does not include writing).
  • Subscores between 1-18 are given to provide more
    detail about your performance. Subscores not
    typically used by colleges (focus on composite).
  • The national average is 21.0.

12
Score ComparisonsSAT/ACT
SAT Composite Percentile ACT Composite
2200-2400 99 32-36
1730 75 24
1490 48 20
1370 33 18
Participation at ConestogaSAT- 92 ACT- 40
(and growing)
13
Test Registration
  • SAT and Subject Tests- www.collegeboard.org
  • ACT- www.actstudent.org
  • Registration deadlines are about 4-5 weeks prior
    to test date. Plan ahead!
  • Not Conestoga Valley
  • Send results to 4 colleges for free at time of
    registration
  • Students with accommodations

14
Reporting Scores- Score Choice
  • SAT ACT
  • Select by date (not by section)
  • Subject Tests
  • Select by subject test
  • NOT likely to make a difference- Superscore
  • Note Reporting scores is a student
    responsibility

15
SAT vs. ACT? A perspective from The Princeton
Review
  • ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.
  • SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.
  • ACT has a science section SAT does not.
  • ACT tests more advanced math concepts.
  • ACT Writing is optional.
  • The SAT is broken up into more sections/shift
    gears.
  • The ACT is more of a big picture exam.
  • Penalty for guessing on SAT vs. ACT.

16
Timeline Considerations
  • Midterms
  • Finals
  • AP Exams
  • Other commitments/involvements
  • Time needed to prepare
  • When do you plan to submit your applications?

17
AP Exams
  • Register in March at CHS
  • Use same name and SS
  • Classroom teacher will provide details
  • Can help with admissions and earn credit/advanced
    standing
  • Students with accommodationsget the same
    accommodations as for PSAT/SAT

18
TOEFL
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • International students may be required to take
    this additional test for college admissions
    purposes.
  • 4 hour test that measures Reading, Listening,
    Speaking and Writing Skills.

19
Testing Preparation
  • SAT ACT
  • Independent work
  • Online resources
  • Group classes
  • Individual tutors
  • SAT Strategies class offered at CHS
  • Subject Tests AP
  • Must study! CHS classes, study books, etc.

20
National Center for Fair and Open
Testingwww.fairtest.org
  • Hundreds of schools no longer require
    standardized testing
  • Usually need to provide a writing sample or
    alternative submission
  • There may be exceptions for select majors

21
  • FREE SAT/ACT Prep
  • www.ineedapencil.com
  • www.petersons.com
  • www.number2.com
  • www.khanacademy.org
  • Resources
  • www.collegeboard.org
  • www.actstudent.org
  • www.fairtest.org
  • Naviance- access through www.stoga.net

22
THANK YOU!
  • Questions? Please contact your students
    counselor.
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