The SAT and ACT are college entrance tests for students planning to enter 4-year colleges and universities. Most colleges will accept either exam but check the college admissions requirement to verify. These tests should be taken spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. Registration materials, test dates, locations, test strategies and practice tests are available in the Career Center and online.
Differences between the SAT and ACT:
The SAT is an aptitude test and is composed of ten-sections: three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The essay component is mandatory. The test is scored as 200-800 for each subject with 2400 being the highest possible score. The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. Wrong answers are penalized so no wild guessing!
**The SAT is offered to all juniors in April, free of charge, by the state of Idaho. The test will be given here at the High School. See upcoming events for the test date.
A helpful online resource for SAT studying is https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
The ACT is curriculum based and is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The essay component is optional. The test is scored as 1-36 with 36 being the highest possible score. The test is approximately 3 hours long (add a half-hour if taking the optional essay component). Wrong answers are not penalized so fill in all answer questions.
For practice ACT, SAT and PSAT tests, see Mrs. King for a study book or the following website links:
The PSAT (PreliminaryScholastic Aptitude Test) is offered once a year in October. Juniors should take it for possible scholarships in the National MeritScholarship Program. Sophomores can take it for practice.
The Compass Test is a placement test used by the 2-year colleges. COMPASS is a comprehensive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses at the 2-year college level. The Compass Test is offered at CWI Canyon County Center for $5.00/test. Three tests (reading, writing, and math) are required. Plan on 1 1/2 hours to take the tests. Please bring photo ID and cash. A great resource for help and practice tests go to http://www.compasstestprep.com/
Need help paying for a test? See Mrs. King for cost options.