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Junior Meeting Class of 2016

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Stephanie Shanahan

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•Rev Trak
•Cost $28
-Credit card online
-See your counselor for fee waiver
•If you don't want to pay with credit card, print the receipt from online registration and bring to bookstore to pay cash or check
•Print receipt using high-school e-mail
•After registering, pick up PSAT Student Study Guide in CRC
•Contact Mrs. Powers with any questions:
cpowers@dist113.org or (224)765-2019

•Wednesday, October 14 at HPHS (rooms TBA)

•2 hours and 45 minutes in length

•Check-in 7:45am

•Register on Rev Trak starting 9/22

•Registration deadline is midnight, Thursday, October 8th. See details on what to bring, etc. in hand-out

•If you miss the registration period, spots are open on a “first-come-first-serve” basis the morning of the exam

PSAT Details
Rev Trak PSAT Registration
Junior Meeting Class of 2017
What tests will I probably be taking this year?

Why should I take the PSAT?

•National Merit Scholarship Program
•National Hispanic Recognition Program
•National Achievement School Program
•It’s good practice for the college entrance tests
•It’s a practice SAT and will allow you to compare your score against the PLAN results to determine which test may be best suited for you in the future.

NOTE: PSAT scores are NOT sent to colleges

This Fall:
College Testing and Planning
• Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) (www.collegeboard.org)
Also serves as the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test (NMSQT)

•American College Testing Program (www.act.org)

•Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (www.collegeboard.com)

PSAT on Wednesday, October 14 at HPHS

PSAT Content
•Overall: PSAT measures the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success.

•Reading: 60 minutes, which are multiple choice and based on reading passages.

•Writing and Language: 35 minutes, including improving sentences, identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs based on passages

•Math: 70 minutes, 1 with and 1 without a calculator. Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some will be student-produced responses, or grid-ins.

PSAT Scoring
•Three sets of scores
-Verbal 20 to 80
-Math 20 to 80
-Writing 20 to 80
-Perfect score = 240

•NO penalty for non-answered questions

•Minor penalty (i.e. ¼ pt. loss) for wrong answer to MC questions SO make educated guesses only

•National Merit Scholarship “cut-off” score was 216 this year

Mandatory Practice ACT
ACT vs. SAT- What's the difference?

•Curriculum-based content

•Math section is weighted more heavily than SAT

•Science section


•Reasoning/Intelligence Test

•Strong readers often score higher

•Math section carries less weight

Other Testing Information

•Hundreds of colleges and universities do NOT require standardized tests, including both less selective and highly selective schools -- see www.fairtest.org for a full list of these schools.

•Some colleges have adopted new policies requiring applicants to submit scores for all tests taken. This is generally the most highly selective schools in the country.

•Please be sure to list the high school when completing the registration information. HPHS DOES NOT send scores, only the student can release ACT or SAT scores. We use test scores for counseling purposes only.

Test Optional??
Who are these guys??
•American University
•Augustana College
•Bates College
•Bowdoin College
•Denison University
•DePaul University
•Ithaca College
•Knox College
•Middlebury College
•Pitzer College
•Rollins College
•Wake Forest University

Just to name a few….

College Board (SAT) Tests
•Three hour test, primarily multiple choice.
1. Reading Test
2.Writing and Language Test
3. Math Test
4.Essay-Optional, but recommended, additional 50 minutes

Scores range from 200 to 800 for the reading and writing section and the math section, resulting in a total score of 400 to 1600.
•For more detail, see www.collegeboard.org

SAT Subject tests (SAT II)
•“Required” “Recommended” or “Optional” by a small number of colleges, usually most competitive
•Some colleges will accept ACT scores in lieu of SAT subject tests.
-Bottom line: Know what the colleges you wish to apply to require!
-see this link for more information
•Tests are one hour each, in a variety of subjects, e.g.
-Biology, Chemistry, Physics
-Chinese, French, Spanish
-Math, levels 1 and 2
-History, US and World

SAT Dates and Deadlines
Test Dates

October 03, 2015 November 7, 2015
December 5,2015
January 23, 2016
*March 05, 2016
May 07, 2016
June 04, 2016

Register By

September 03, 2015
October 9, 2015
November 5, 2015
December 28, 2015
February 05, 2016
April 08, 2016
May 05, 2016

American College Testing Program
Photo Walk-In Policy
•You must be pre-registered prior to test date in order to take the test

•If you miss the photo upload deadline your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to the test

•Photo guidelines include:
-You must be facing the camera with a plain background
-The photo must be a clear image of you and only you!
-You may not wear dark glasses

ACT Dates and Deadlines
Additional ACT Information
•On Tuesday, March 15th every junior at HPHS will take the ACT with Writing

•Students will sign up in one of their classes

•There is no fee for this test

•Classes will resume in the afternoon and juniors will attend classes

When should I take it?
•The earliest date we recommend Highland Park juniors take the ACT is this

•The fall test dates are designed for seniors in high school – the questions will reflect this!

•On average, HP students earn their highest composite scores on the April exam date

•ACT National Average Composite Score: 21

Other tests to think about:
Advanced Placement (AP) Program Evaluations
•Three hour tests, primarily used for college placement, credit or advanced standing.
•Some highly selective colleges use as part of admissions process (from Junior year)
•For more information, go to www.collegeboard.org/testing/ap/about.html

Test of Foreign Language (TOEFL)
•Designed for students who have been speaking English for less than five years
•For more information, go to www.toefl.org

Test Date

October 24, 2015
December 12, 2015
February 6, 2016
April 09, 2016
June 11, 2016

Register by

September 18, 2015
November 6, 2015
January 8, 2016
March 04, 2016
May 06, 2016

Important Dates
•Practice ACT: September 24th

•PSAT: October 14

•Deadline to drop a course or change to pass/fail: October 23

•Kick-off to College meeting: October 27

•College Planning 101: December 2

•Finals: January 19 – January 21

•Junior Registration: Week of February 8

Focus for this Fall:

Work hard in your current classes … Junior year is a key year on the road to future success!

•Review Graduation Requirements

•Get to know your teachers this year. They will be the people writing your letters of recommendation next fall.

•Class Level change deadline – November 20th

•Course drop date – Friday, October 23rd

Schedule for ALL students on

March 15, 2016
Juniors - ACT

Period 4 12:29-1:04
Period 2 1:09-1:44
Period 8 1:49-2:24
Period 6 2:29-3:04

Juniors- Practice ACT, Freshmen-
in morning

Period 4 12:01-12:43
Period 2 12:48-1:30
Period 8 1:35-2:17
Period 6 2:22-3:04
Schedule for ALL Students September 30th, 2015

*First chance to take the new SAT, however, schools will accept scores from both the old and new SAT test.
•Wednesday, September 30th from 8AM to 12PM

•All Juniors participate

•Benefit to you: Each student will receive an on-line score report with detailed performance information (at no cost)

•Opportunity to assess your own strengths/weaknesses relative to ACT

•You will attend classes in the afternoon – see special schedule in hand-out

•This test will NOT include the Writing portion
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