What you need to know about testing....
- Hopewell's code is 341-920
- Juniors and seniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive up to two (2) SAT/ACT fee waivers per test per academic year. Students will need to provide a copy of their lunch status letter to their counselor.
- It can be beneficial to take either test more than one time in order to get a "super score." A super score takes the highest score from each section from all the times you have taken either the SAT or ACT determine a highest possible combined score.
- Student are responsible for registering themselves for taking either test (online at collegeboard.org or act.org).
- Students planning to attend a four year university after high school are encouraged to take both tests during the spring of their junior year. Students will take the ACT free at school during the spring of their junior year.
- Send your scores when you take the test! Colleges look at your best scores. It costs about $15 per school to send scores to each school after you test.
- Have you taken both tests and are planning on testing again? Research SAT/ACT conversion charts to see which test you scored better on.
SAT v. ACT
- Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships
- Test Structure: Reading, Writing & Language, Math, Essay (Optional)
- Length: 3 hours (without essay), 3 hours 50 minutes (with essay)
- Reading: 5 reading passages
- Science: None
- Math: Arithmetic, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Data Analysis
- Calculator Policy: Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.
- Essays: Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.
- Scored on a scale of 400 - 1600
- Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships
- Test Structure: English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning, Essay (Optional)
- Length: 2 hours 55 minutes (without essay), 3 hours 40 minutes (with essay)
- Reading: 4 reading passages
- Science: 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
- Math: Arithmetic, Algebra I and II, Geometry and Trigonometry
- Calculator Policy: You can use a calculator on all math questions.
- Essays: Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues
- Scored on a scale of 1 - 36
Adapted from http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act