SAT/ACT

One of the main components for competitive entrance into a 4-year university is a student’s score on a standardized assessment.  In fact, it is a requirement for most U.S. Universities.

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440-342

The two main assessments accepted by most universities are the SAT and the ACT, both designed to yield the maximum score during the spring of a student’s junior year.  Here is a great article to determine some overall differences between the two: SAT v ACT

SAT

Registration for the SAT can done through CollegeBoard’s SAT website.

The SAT is a 3 hour and 45 minute exam that consists of 10 subsections ranging over three sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing.  The design of the assessment is to measure literary, writing & analytical skills to determine academic success in college.  Scores range from 200 – 800 on each of the main sections for a total possible score range of 400 – 1600.  Combined with a student’s GPA and course selection, universities use SAT results to get a quantitative picture of a student.  Results from the SAT are further broken down into subcategories.

To prepare students for the SAT, 8th graders at CSA take the PSAT 8/9 assessment.

Please look at the College Board’s website for numerous benefits of taking the SAT: Why Take the SAT

For 2017-18, the SAT is offered according to the following schedule:

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The SAT went through a re-design in 2016.  Khan Academy offers some great videos that explain the new design.  For a quick overview, look at this chart:

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ACT

Registration for the ACT can take place through ACT’s website.

The ACT is a 3 hour and 5 minute exam that consists of 4 subsections: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning (with an optional writing section).  The design of the assessment is to measure general educational development and capacity to complete college-level material; to determine “college readiness.”  Scores range from 1 – 36 on each section for a total possible score range of 1 – 36.  Combined with a student’s GPA and course selection, universities use ACT results to get a quantitative picture of a student.  Please download the ACT 2016-17 Flyer & Information.

The 2017-18 ACT assessment is offered according to the following schedule:

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For some more great information, please visit a Chaparral Star Academy specific website with great tablet apps that teachers use in their classrooms here on campus.