SAT/ACT Prep Tools
SAT/ACT Test Preparation
The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. By taking the test, students not only get a glimpse of the types of questions that will be asked on the SAT, but also can now better prepare for the test. For juniors, a good score makes you eligible for scholarships. The highest score on the PSAT is 1520. The new PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes. You will be tested in Math, Evidence based Reading and Writing and Language. Bring a PSAT approved calculator. For a list of approved calculators click HERE.
After the Test
You will receive your PSAT score reports during spring semester. Click HERE to watch a video that will help you understand your scores.
After reviewing your scores on College Board, be sure to link your College Board account with Khan Academy. Click HERE to learn how!
Why Take the Test
1) Get free personalized and focused practice through Khan Academy
2) Prepare for the SAT
Click HERE for an extensive breakdown of the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Program
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing, and math. Used in combination with high school GPA, SAT scores are the best predictors of a student’s potential to succeed in college
When do you take the SAT?
Most students take the SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of 12th grade. Students can take the new SAT starting March 2016. It will replace the current SAT.
The test costs $64.50. Juniors and seniors at Poly are eligible for two fee waivers. You may take the test twice for free. You may register at https://sat.collegeboard.org/home
Make sure you sign up for the essay. You’ll need to upload a photo when you register
Students with disabilities who want to test with accommodations must request them from the College Board at least seven weeks before test day. (See you counselor)
Get to know the test
The new SAT will be aligned with school curricula
- Emphasis on language, mathematical and analytical skills that are essential for college success.
- Find out what kinds of questions will be asked on the new SAT and which skills and knowledge areas it will test. Click HERE for updates on the test design.
The American College Test (ACT) is a standardized test admission officers use to compare applicants. All universities accept either ACT or SAT. It tests your knowledge in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. It is a curriculum based test.
When do you take the ACT
Like the SAT, you may take it for the first time in the spring of your junior year and again in the Fall of your senior year. The test including essay is 3hours and 40 minutes.
The cost is $62.50 with essay. You must take the essay. If you are a junior or senior you may receive two fee waivers. You may take the test for free. You may register at www.actstudent.org
Online practice tests can be found on ACT website.
Study.com is offering ACT free practice test- https://study.com/act/act-practice-tests.html
ACT Study Guide also available in stores for purchase, for check-out in public library, and may be checked out of college center.