• Testing Information

     Testing Dates

    PRACTICE TEST WEBSITE: www.khanacademy.com & https://yescollege.com/post/act-sat-prep/ Sign up. Link up. Get practicing. Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts and jump right into practice without having to take any additional diagnostic quizzes or practice tests to get personalized recommendations. Log into or create your Khan Academy account at satpractice.org, when prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy & College Board accounts, then sign in or create your College Board Account and hit “Send” to send your scores.

    PSAT DATE: Wednesday Oct. 10th, 2018 @ BHS. This is a Pre-SAT test specifically for juniors; however, if space is available, sophomores are welcome to take the test as well. The cost is $16 which is a bargain for a practice test with scholarship implications. College Board provides fee waivers for students in 11th grade that qualify for free and or reduced lunch. See your counselor for more information.

    ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) TEST DATE: Oct. 23rd - sign up list will be in the Career Center. The ASVAB is a free career exploration test that will assess your reading and math skills as well as your aptitudes. This is a great test to take if you are not sure what you want to do after high school. It is also a great opportunity to prepare you for other standardized tests. You may sign up for this test in the Career Center.

    ACCUPLACER TEST: This exam is for technical and community colleges. It is a computerized adaptive test that measures skills in reading, writing and math to determine readiness for college-level courses in these areas. We offer the Accuplacer to SENIORS here at BHS for FREE! You will need to schedule a testing day with Mrs. Hodges in the Career Center.

    SAT TEST DATES: College Entrance Exam - Registration website is: sat.collegeboard.org

    Check the website well in advance for registration deadlines.

     

    Test Date: October 6th, 2018 – Registration Deadline September 7th, 2018

    Test Date: November 3rd, 2018 – Registration Deadline October 5th, 2018

    Test Date: December 1st, 2018 – Registration Deadline November 2nd, 2018

    Test Date: March 9th, 2019 – Registration Deadline February 8th, 2019

    Test Date: May 4th, 2019 – Registration Deadline April 5th, 2019

    Test Date: June 1st, 2019 – Registration Deadline May 3rd, 2019

     

    The 2018–2019 fees for the SAT Plus Writing are $64.50. This includes score reports for up to four college choices when you register. The fee for the SAT (No Writing) is $47.50. Be sure to take the plus writing unless you know that your college doesn’t require it. Standard SAT Test center change or date change Fees are $29 each. The standby fee is $51 in addition to the Basic fee, if you missed registration for some reason. Registration by phone is $15. The Subject test is $26 per registration, and $21 for all other Subject Tests (per test). There will be NO subject tests available in March.

     

    ACT TEST DATES: College Entrance Exam - Registration website is: www.actstudent.org

    Check the website well in advance for registration deadlines.

     

    Test Date: September 8th, 2018 – Registration Deadline August 10th, 2018

    Test Date: October 27th, 2018 – Registration Deadline September 28th, 2018

    Test Date: December 8th, 2018– Registration Deadline November 2nd, 2018

    Test Date: February 9th, 2019 – Registration Deadline January 11th, 2019

    Test Date: April 13th, 2019 – Registration Deadline March 8th, 2019

    Test Date: June 8th, 2019 – Registration Deadline May 3rd, 2019

     

    The 2018–2019 fees for the ACT Plus Writing are $62.50. This includes score reports for up to four college choices when you register. The fee for the ACT (No Writing) is $46.00. I suggest taking the plus writing unless you are sure that your college doesn’t require it. The late fee is $29.50, date change is $26, center change is $26, and the standby fee is $53 in addition to the basic fee, if you missed registration for some reason. There is now a $15 fee if you register by phone.

    SAT vs ACT

    Many students and parents begin the college prep process by comparing the ACT and SAT. Two of the most common questions they ask are:

    • Is the ACT easier than the SAT?
    • Do colleges prefer scores from the SAT or ACT?

    The  SAT  and ACT  generally test the same types of content. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions and merit-based scholarships. The biggest differences between the tests are that the ACT has a Science Test, and there’s one SAT Math Section for which you cannot use a calculator. Colleges don't prefer one over the other, so explore both tests to decide which one is right for you. 

     

     

    SAT

    ACT

    Why Take It

    Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

    Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

    Test Structure

    • Reading
    • Writing & Language
    • Math
    • Essay (Optional)
    • English
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Science Reasoning

    Essay (Optional)

    Length

    • 3 hours (without essay)
    • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
    • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
    • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)

    Reading

    5 reading passages

    4 reading passages

    Science

    None

    1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)

    Math

    Covers:

    • Arithmetic
    • Algebra I & II
    • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

    Covers:

    • Arithmetic
    • Algebra I & II
    • Geometry and Trigonometry

    Calculator Policy

    Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.

    You can use a calculator on all math questions.

    Essays

    Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

    Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

    How It's Scored

    Scored on a scale of 400–1600

    Scored on a scale of 1–36

     

       

     

    ACT versus SAT: How do I choose?

    The best way to decide if the SAT or ACT is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test in each. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit. For example, the pace of the SAT gives you a tad more time to think through problems, while the ACT can be more of a time crunch. Some students really thrive under the pressure of the clock, while others prefer the extra time to ponder a question. Try our QUIZ: SAT, ACT, or Both?  to learn more. 

     

    See https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act for more information.

Last Modified on October 11, 2018