SAT’s and ACT’s
by Jordan Jukiewicz, Staff Writer
If you are planning on applying to a four-year college, taking the SAT and the
ACT are a must. Students are encouraged to take both tests at least once. Most
students who take both tests find that they prefer one test over the other.
The SAT is offered seven times per year in October, November, December, January,
March/April, May, and June. The ACT is offered six times per year in September,
October, December, February, April and June. Most students should take the tests
for the first sometime during their junior year of high school.
The SAT tests students’ problem solving ability. The SAT (in March 2005)
recently added a new writing section and a more difficult math section the to
the test. The new SAT test has replaced verbal analogies with additional reading
comprehension questions. While the SAT has proven to be the less favorable test
of the two, it is said to be, “easily coachable.” The topics tested
are math (up to Algebra 2), reading, writing, and grammar. Guessing on the SAT
is not the way to go. Points are lost for incorrect answers. 2400 is a perfect
score and the national overall average is a 1500. To sign up for the SAT log on
The ACT tests most of the curriculum and the knowledge one has acquired throughout
high school. This tests is set up much more like a high school test. In the Spring
of 2005 the ACT also has begun offering an optional 30 minute additional writing
exam. Virtually almost all colleges will accept ACT scores along with SAT scores
if one is applying in Ohio. The ACT tests Math (up to trig), reading, grammar,
and science. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so guessing won’t
affect your score. 36 is a perfect score, but the national ACT average is 21.
To sign up for the ACT log on to www.ACT.org.
More information regarding the SAT , SAT II, and the ACT can be found in guidance.
Practice exams can be found online at www.PrincetonReview.com.