SAT, ACT, AP Testing and Preparation

  • PSAT (Practice SAT)
     
    October 16, 2019 

     

    SAT Reasoning Test Dates

    High School Code 393035

    2019-2020 SAT Test Dates (U.S.)

    SAT Test Date

    Registration Deadline

    Late Registration Deadline

    August 24, 2019

    July 26, 2019

    August 13, 2019

    October 5, 2019

    September 6, 2019

    September 24, 2019

    November 2, 2019

    October 3, 2019

    October 22, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    November 8, 2019

    November 26, 2019

    March 14, 2020

    February 14, 2020

    March 3, 2020

    May 2, 2020

    April 3, 2020

    April 21, 2020

    June 6, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 27, 2020

     

    *Not all SAT Subject Tests are offered on each test date.

    To confirm test dates or to register, visit College Board or call 866-756-7346. Students with special needs should call 609-771-7137.

     ***SAT Preparation programs can be obtained by clicking on related files at the bottom of the page.

     

    SAT Subject Tests

    Not all colleges require Subject Tests, however, highly competitive colleges may require a specific number of Subject Tests and/or a specific Subject test depending on the major of applicant.

    Universities and colleges change their admission requirements all the time.  Please contact the admission office of the college or refer to the admission web site of a college for specifics if unsure.  A few examples of colleges that require Subject Tests are:  Duke, Yale, and NYU.  There are also colleges that recommend you take Subject tests but do not require it i.e. Standford.  You can use SAT Subject test scores if you feel it strengthen your application to a school and or college program.

    Please check the Collegeboard website for specific exams, and exam dates. 

     

     ACT Test Dates

    High School Code 393035

    2019-20 ACT Test Dates

    2019-2020 Test Dates (National)

    Test Date

    Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)

    September 14, 2019

    August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019

    October 26, 2019

    September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019

    February 8, 2020

    January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020

    April 4, 2020

    February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020

    July 18, 2020*

    June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020
     

    *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates.

    Confirm ACT dates and register for the test of your choice today! You can also call 319-337-1270.

    Which Test to Take, SAT or ACT?
    The SAT and ACT are two different college entrance exams. Both are administered nationally and are used to help colleges evaluate applicants. The SAT is a three-part aptitude test (Reading, Math, Writing & Language) which tends to measure/predict how well you are expected to do in college. The ACT is an achievement test with four core sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) and an optional Writing section which focuses on how well you learned what you were taught in high school. Many colleges will accept either test or both exams. Some colleges require one (typically the SAT).    The chart below will help you understand the structure and content of the SAT and ACT.
     
     
     
    SAT
    ACT
    Length                        

    3 hours    +                         Optional 50-minute essay

    2 hours, 55 minutes  + Optional 40-minute essay

     

    Sections         

    3 Sections:  (Critical Reading, Math, Writing & Language) + optional essay

    4 Sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) Optional essay 

    Subjects         
    Critical Reading
    Math
    Writing & Language                                                                                          Writing (optional essay)
    English
    Math
    Reading
    Science

    Writing (optional essay)

    Reading




    English

    Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Section are passage-based. 5 passages related to subjects in history and social studies, science, US and World Literature.

    Tests vocabulary words students are more likely to use again. Words are used in context.

     

     

    4 passages, 10 questions per passage:  Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.

    Stresses Grammar

    Science          
    N/A

    Science - charts, experiment,s analysis interpretation evaluation, basic content, and problem solving        

    Math

    Arithmetic, some geometry, algebra, and algebra II

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

    Essay (Writing)
    Optional - an essay testing grammar, usage, and word choice.

    Optional (final section) - score 2-12

     

    Score Composition

    1/2 Math
    1/2 Writing
    ¼ English
    ¼ Math
    ¼ Reading
    ¼ Science
    Scoring

    Aggregate score 400 - 1600 based on total of 2 scores 200- 800 (Verbal, Math)

    Score of 0-12 for Essay

    Composite score 1-36 based on average of 4 sections (English Math, Reading Science)

    Score 0-12 for Optional Essay.

    Penalties

    No penalties for incorrect answers

    No penalties for incorrect answers

    Sending Scores to Colleges

    Currently entire score history is sent. Students can, however, select an “opt-in feature” which will allow them to choose specific test date(s) and all scores from the selected test date(s) will be sent. 

    Student decides which scores are sent

    When is it administered?

     
    Seven times per year
    Six times per year
     
     

    The Day Before any Test

    Gather everything you will need for the next morning.

    • Photo ID
    • SAT/ACT Admission Ticket if taking either of these tests
    • 2 sharpened number 2 pencils
    • A calculator with fresh batteries
    • Make sure you know where the test center is located and the time you need to report.
    • Get a good nights sleep so that you're well rested.

    The Morning of the Test

    • Eat breakfast.  You'll be at the test center for hours and will need something to curb your hunger.
    • Bring snacks.  During the breaks, you can eat and drink snacks you brought with you.
    • Leave your cell phone at home!  Do not run the risk of having your scores being canceled.  Phones are prohibited!
    • Arrive at your testing center no later than 15 minutes before the test begins.  Give yourself enough time to arrive, find your room and settle in before the test.


    During the Test

    • Use breaks to eat or drink the snacks that you brought with you.
    • Work on only the section you are supposed to be working on.  You are not allowed to go back to other sections.  You are not allowed to work ahead.
    • Complete easier questions first.
    • Make sure you are using a number 2 pencil on the test.
    • Use all of your time.  Go back over each section if you finish the section and review for correct answers or missed questions.
    • Stay positive and focused. 
    • Try not to worry if you "aced it" or "bombed it".  It will take a few weeks until you know your scores.

    AP Test Dates

    ***AP Students and Parents Bulletin for 2017-2018 available in December.

     

     
     

    Week 1

    Morning 8 a.m.
    Local Time

    Afternoon 12 noon
    Local Time

    Afternoon
    2 p.m.
    Local Time

    Monday, 
    May 4, 2020

    United States Government and Politics

    Physics C: Mechanics

    Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

    Tuesday, 
    May 5, 2020

    Calculus AB

    Calculus BC

    German Language and Culture

    Human Geography

     

    Wednesday, 
    May 6, 2020

    English Literature and Composition

    European History

    Physics 2: Algebra-Based

     

    Thursday, 
    May 7, 2020

    Chemistry

    Spanish Literature and Culture

    Japanese Language and Culture

    Physics 1: Algebra-Based

     

    Friday, 
    May 8, 2020

    United States History

    Art History

    Computer Science A

     

    AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing  – last day for coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. ET) and to gather 2-D Art and Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly. 

    Teachers should have forwarded students’ completed digital portfolios to coordinators before this date.

     
     

    Week 2

    Morning 8 a.m.
    Local Time

    Afternoon
    12 noon
    Local Time

    Monday,
    May 11, 2020

    Biology

    Chinese Language and Culture

    Environmental Science

    Tuesday,
    May 12, 2020

    Seminar

    Spanish Language and Culture

    Latin

    Psychology

    Wednesday,
    May 13, 2020

    English Language and Composition

    Microeconomics

    Music Theory

    Thursday,
    May 14, 2020

    Comparative Government and Politics

    World History: Modern

    Italian Language and Culture

    Macroeconomics

    Friday,
    May 15, 2020

    Computer Science Principles

    French Language and Culture

    Statistics

     

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