SAT and ACT: more than alphabet soup

Posted: September 24, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in Uncategorized

They may be just a bunch of letters to you right now, but these exams can be key to your plans after high school.

What the SAT? The SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test, and it’s required by many 4-year colleges.  If you’re going onto college, it’s definitely wise to take the SAT.

Things you should know:

  • The SAT has 3 main parts: math, critical reading and writing.
  • Many high schools offer SAT preparation classes.
  • The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long and is offered on a handful of Saturday mornings throughout the school year.  (Many students take it in the spring of junior year.)  You need to register about 8 weeks ahead of time.
  • You can take the SAT more than once, but all scores are submitted to selected schools.
  •  UB pays for 1 fee waiver for each student.

What’s the ACT? ACT stands for American College Test.  It’s another important test for postsecondary education. Most colleges require either the SAT or the ACT.

Things you should know:

  • You’ll be tested on specific subjects, including English, math, science, reasoning and reading comprehension.  The test does NOT subtract for wrong answers (unlike SAT).
  • Tests are offered on selected Saturdays (like SAT).
  • You can retest and submit your highest scores only (unlike the SAT).
  • UB pays for 1 fee waiver for each student.

Free Test Prep websites!

Be sure to ask for a FEE Waiver from Mr. Jones!

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