SAT vs. ACT and Guides to Sending Official Scores (Step by Step)
DOWNLOAD GUIDE HERE TO SENDING OFFICIAL SCORES (STEP BY STEP)
UPDATE: Check the below Guide to Check if you sent the scores, also for SJSU, SDSU and Cal Poly make sure you send Nov (or prior test scores).
Check to see how to do it: SAT Guide VERSION 2
NOTE: Some CSU will not accept the December scores. UC will accept Dec scores, make sure to send the scores to the colleges.
|Oct. 11, 2014||SAT &
|Nov. 8, 2014||SAT &
|Dec. 6, 2014||SAT &
ACT 2014 Schedule
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|Oct 25, 2014||Sept. 19|
|Dec. 13, 2014||Nov. 7|
SAT VS. ACT: HOW DO THE TESTS COMPARE?
What is the difference between the SAT and ACT? They’re both standardized tests and they both factor into the college admissions process. To learn about the differences between the two tests and how they compare, take a look at the chart below.
|When is it administered?||Seven times per year||Six times per year|
|What is the test structure?||Ten-section exam: Three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The Experimental section is masked to look like a regular section.||Four-section exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An Experimental section is added to tests on certain dates only, and is clearly experimental.|
|What is the test content?||Tests critical reasoning skills.Math: up to 9th grade basic geometry and Algebra II.Science: none.
Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension.
Writing: an essay, and questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice.
|Tests knowledge of subjects, based on high school curriculum.Math: up to trigonometry.Science: charts, experiments.
Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.
|Is there a penalty for wrong answers?||Yes||No|
|How is the test scored?||200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. A 2400 is the highest possible combined score.||1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible composite score.|
|Are all scores sent to schools?||It’s up to you. If a student requests a score report be sent to specific colleges, the report will include the scores the student received on every SAT taken.But, there is a “Score Choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the schools will see.||No. There is a “Score Choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the schools will see.|
|Are there other uses for the exams?||Scholarship purposes.||Scholarship purposes. Certain statewide testing programs.|
|Best time to register?||At least six weeks before the test date||At least four weeks before the test date|
|How much does it cost?||$50. Fee waivers are available for qualified students.||ACT No Writing: $35ACT With Writing: $50.50Fee waivers are available for qualified students.|
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
It is highly recommended that students take these exams no later than May or June of the junior year (11th grade). Most colleges will accept scores for admission purposes up until the December test date of student’s senior year (12th grade) It is the student’s job to verify this information with each college campus they are applying to. Students interested in applying early admissions need to have completed all of their entrance exams by October of Senior year.
Students need to register ONLINE and before the deadline. Our school code is 052945. Students will need to chose a test center where they will take the exam. The earlier your register the more likely you’ll be able to take the exam at a school of your choice. You have the option to send your scores to four colleges, so be prepared to enter these schools during the registration process.
You can register here:
- SAT I (Reasoning): www.collegeboard.com
- SAT II (Subject Test): www.collegeboard.com
- ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org
|PSAT/NMSQT||FREE for Gal 10th graders & limited amount for 11th graders|
|SAT Subject Test||$26 Basic registration fee, $16 per subject, $26 for language with listening|
|ACT||$54.50 with writing – recommended or $38 without writing|
|**Fee waivers with your Counselor or our AACE Advisor in counseling office|
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)gives students an opportunity to become aware of types of questions they will find when taking the SAT I. PSAT scores from the junior year will be used to determine National Merit Scholarship candidates. The PSAT/NMSQT is given in October each year. Check with your School Counselor to find out when it will be offered at your school. Announcements should appear in the bulletin indicating date, time and cost of the test.
SAT Reasoning Test: is used by the California State Universities, Universities of California, and many Private Universities, as a requirement for admissions. The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long and students are tested in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing (25 minutes long).
SAT Subject Tests: It is recommended by the UC system NOT required and many private universities require it. Students should take two Subject Tests in any of the following subjects: Literature, Math Level II, History, Science, or Language.
ACT: is accepted in place of the SAT Reasoning by colleges and universities. Students are allowed a total of five hours to complete this test that contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Writing section adds an additional 45 minutes and is required by Universities of California and some Private Universities.
SAT & ACT SCORE COMPARISON
|ACT||SAT||SAT for CSU
(critical reading and math only)
Note: The above format and information is adapted from Lowell HS’s college website.