SAT and SAT Subject Tests
Where do I go to register for the SAT?
To register for the SAT, you need to go to College Board's website and click on the "Register Now" button on the right hand side. Make sure that you save your login information, as you will need it later on to send SAT scores to colleges.
Am I eligible for a fee waiver and how do I get a fee waiver for the SAT?
If you are on free/reduced lunch, you are eligible to use a fee waiver to register for the SAT. Come see Miss K if this applies to you and he will give you instructions on how to register using a fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be handed out in order to register late for the SAT. Only those who qualify for the fee waiver will receive one.
What resources are there to help me study and practice for the SAT?
There are many great and FREE options to use to study for the SAT:
1) Khan Academy has many great practice options, including full length practice tests.
2) Talk to Mrs. Graham or Mr. Cody about getting registered on Study Island to use the SAT prep program.
3) Prep Factory offers both video and question based practice for the SAT
4) Apps for the iPhone
- SAT Question of the Day App (also online on College Board)
How do I send my SAT scores through College Board?
Once you have received your test scores, go back to College Board. Next to the "Register Now" button you will see a second button saying "Send Scores." Click on this link and it will prompt you to login. After logging in, follow the prompts for how to add schools to where you want your test scores to go. Many schools DO accept SAT scores off of your transcript. Double check if the school you are applying to accepts SAT scores off of the transcript before paying to send your scores!!!
What is the ACT?
The ACT is another standardized test that is commonly required for admission to college. However, most schools do not require both the SAT and ACT in order to attend their institution. Often times, people who do not perform as strongly on the SAT will do better on the ACT. Check with the institutions you want to apply to on what tests are required to see if you should take the SAT or ACT. Both tests are accepted at colleges, so it may be based on your own personal preference.
How is the ACT different that the SAT?
The biggest difference between these tests is that the ACT measures what a student has learned in school and is referred to as an achievement test. On the other hand, the SAT is considered an aptitude test, which only focuses mainly on certain aspects on an individual's abilities. The ACT is comprised of five sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. However, it is important to note that the writing section is optional. On the ACT, there is no penalty for a wrong answer and is only based off of the number of correct answers you have.
How do I register for the ACT?
To register for the ACT, go to the ACT registration page and complete the online registration. Be sure that when you register you know if you will need the writing section of the test. If the colleges you are applying to do not require the writing section, than do not take the writing section of the test. It will help to save some money when paying for tests.
Can I use a fee waiver to register for the ACT?
If you are on free/reduced lunch, you are eligible to use a fee waiver to register for the ACT. Come see Mr. Cody if this applies to you and he will give you instructions on how to register using a fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be handed out in order to register late for the ACT. Only those who qualify for the fee waiver will receive one.
How can I prepare for the ACT?
While prep options for the ACT are not quite as widespread as the SAT, there still are many good options available.
1) Check out the Test Preparation page of the ACT website to see options that range from the ACT question of the day to practice tests and test taking tips.
2) Ask Mr. Cody to set you up to do ACT prep on Study Island.
3) PrepFactory offers free videos and question based practice available.
Which version of the ACT should I take?
This will depend on the colleges you are applying to. Not all colleges require the writing section, so be sure to check on the websites for each college or to call their Admissions Offices. If the writing section is required, make sure you select the right option during registration.
What does the ACT scoring system mean?
Unlike the SAT, the ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 and is called the Composite Score. The composite score is an average of all of the sections of the ACT combined, with 36 being the highest possible score. Each individual section of the ACT is also scaled from 1 to 36. If you are curious to see how your ACT score holds up against the SAT scores, take a look at this comparison page.
The PSAT is a practice version of the SAT available to sophomores and juniors. It is a good way to see what areas you may need to work on so that when you take the SAT, you will be fully prepared. The PSAT will be offered on October 19th this year.
SAT Test Dates
October 6th - Registration Deadline - September 7th
November 3rd - Registration Deadline - October 5th
December 1st - Registration Deadline - November 2nd
January 21st - Registration Deadline - December 21st
March 9th - Registration Deadline - February 8th
May 4th - Registration Deadline - April 5th
June 1st - Registration Deadline - May 3rd
ACT Test Dates
December 8th - Registration Deadline - November 2nd
February 9th - Registration Deadline - January 11th
April 13th - Registration Deadline - March 8th
June 8th - Registration Deadline - May 3rd