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ACT/SAT/PSAT/Compass Tests

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/

  

Test Registration & Cost Information

  • SAT: $52.50 (register at www.collegeboard.com) Late registration fee add $28.00. 
  • ACT: $38.00 without writing and $54.50 with writing (register at www.actstudent.org)  Late registration fee add $24.00. 

Need help paying for a test? See Mrs. King for cost options.


2014-15 SAT Test Dates


Test


Registration


Deadlines



Regular
Late (a fee is applied)
October 11, 2014
SAT & Subject Tests
September 12, 2014
September 30, 2014
November 8, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests October 9, 2014
October 28, 2014
December 6, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests November 6, 2014
November 24, 2014
January 24, 2015 SAT & Subject Tests December 29, 2014
January 13, 2015
March 14, 2015 SAT only
February 15, 2015
March 3, 2015
May 2, 2015 SAT & Subject Tests April 6, 2015
April 21, 2015
June 6, 2015 SAT & Subject Tests May 8, 2015
May 27, 2015



2014-15 ACT Test Dates


Registration
Deadlines

Regular
Late (a fee is applied)
September 13, 2014
August 8, 2014
August 9-22, 2014
October 25, 2014
September 19, 2014
September 20-October 3, 2014
December 13, 2014
November 7, 2014
November 8-21, 2014
February 7, 2015
January 9, 2015
January 10-16, 2015
April 18, 2015
March 13, 2015
March 14-27, 2015
June 13, 2015
May 8, 2015
May 9-22, 2015