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SAT and ACT

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Transcript of SAT and ACT

What is the SAT?
The SAT is a college admission test that tests your knowledge of
reading
,
writing
and
math
. Most students take the SAT during their junior and/or senior year of high school, and is the first step in finding the right college for you.

Almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions but SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions.
What makes up the SAT?
The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school:
reading
,
math
and
writing
. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.

Critical reading:
reading passages and sentence completions

Math:
questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Writing:
a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
What is the ACT?
The ACT an abbreviation of American College Testing, is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc.
English:
Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
Mathematics:
Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
Reading:
Measures reading comprehension.
Science:
Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Writing:
Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.
SAT vs. ACT
Mathematics Test Tips!
Bring a calculator!
Feel free to estimate!
Do the easy problems first!
Read over everything carefully.
Double check answers if time permits.
Sometimes it is easier to plug in and check instead of solving for the actual answer!
Reading
Test Tips!

Essay Writing
Resources
Don't waste time reading the quote!

Writing a lot is good! Remember to write BIG!

Don't think too hard about the essay.
Science
This is NOT your core curriculum science test! Don't over study.

Science on the ACTs involves data analysis.

Can be the easiest section on the ACTs.

SAT II
What are SAT II?

Do we need to take the SAT II?
-Depends on intended major
-Usually optional, but should do 1 math/science and 1 humanities
Personal Experiences
To make an orange dye, 3 parts of red dye are mixed with 2 parts of yellow dye. To make a green dye, 2 parts of blue dye are mixed with 1 part of yellow dye. If equal amounts of green and orange are mixed, what fraction of the new mixture is yellow dye?

(A) 3 over 16
(B) 1 over 4
(C) 11 over 30
(D) 3 over 8
(E) 7 over 12
Are you awake?
The editor denied any knowledge of the reporter’s alleged unethical interview techniques, claiming he had been ------- her finished work but not of her journalistic practices.

(A) cognizant of
(B) wary of
(C) acknowledged by
(D) bemused by
(E) vindicated by
Are you awake?
Student Services
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Number and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
SAT:

ACT:
Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, Trigonometry
Mathematics
Reading
SAT:
Writing

SAT:
ACT:

SAT Scoring
Abstract, Analogous thinking, Interpretation, Vocabulary Questions, How might the author respond?
ACT:
Straightforward, more content based, What did I read? What happened to the character?
The essay is combined with the grammar sections to obtain the Writing score
Grammar counts for all students. The essay is optional
SAT II Scoring
You may want to work on sentence completion questions first. All questions are worth the same number of points regardless of the type or difficulty.

Vocabulary makes up a huge portion of the test. Remember to study for the commonly used words!

Practice reading passages under a limited time constraint! This will help you manage your time efficiently!
The Princeton Review
Kaplan
Khan Academy
Official Study Books
Online Resources listed on our website
New SAT Change!
(Spring 2016)
@VMCCAcounselors
Test Dates
SAT
ACT
Will be given
FREE of charge
to all juniors

March 2016
November 7
December 5
January 23
*****ALL FUTURE TESTS
ARE REDESIGNED*****
March 5
May 7
June 4
On Saturdays!
Change is Coming!
All students graduating
2017 and beyond
:
WAIT until the NEW SAT begins in March 2016!
This presentation covers the differences between the ACT and SAT
(ending in March 2016)

If you are taking the SAT
on/after March 2016,
you will take the resigned test.
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