Q. What is the ACT/SAT?
A. The ACT and SAT are standardized tests used for college admissions.

Q. Which test is more popular?
A. The SAT seems to be more popular with private colleges on the east and west coast, while the ACT seems to be more popular in the Midwest and south. Although most 4 year colleges accept both ACT and SAT exams, visit specific school websites to find out what their admission requirements are.

Q. Is there an easier test? Which test should I take?
A.
There is no “easier” test. If you’re not sure which test to take, consider the key differences of the exams. Some students find that the SAT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and the same vice versa.

 

SAT

vs.ACT

1. Reading: 65-min section

2. Math: 25-min section (no calculator)

3. Math: 55-min section (w/ calculator)

4. Writing & Language: 35-min section

5. Essay: 50-min section (optional)

Test Format

1. English: 45-min section

2. Math: 60-min section

3. Reading: 35-min section

4. Science: 35-min section

5. Writing: 40-min essay (optional)

Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600.

Scoring

English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36. Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections and ranges between 1-36
No penalty for incorrect answers.

Penalty for Wrong Answers?

No penalty for incorrect answers.
You may choose which set(s) of scores to submit to schools.

Score Choice?

You may choose which set(s) of scores to submit to schools.
With the exception of Reading Passage questions which progress chronologically, questions increase in difficulty level as you move through questions in a specific section.

Difficulty Levels

The level of difficult in sections are at random.
Arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (formulas are provided)

Math Levels

Arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry (no formulas are provided)
January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December (7 times per year)

Offered when?

February, April, June, September, October, December (6 times per year) Note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates

 

Classes Available

2017 SPRING: 2/3 – 6/4 (16 weeks)

  • Saturdays: 9:00AM – 2:45 PM (30 minute lunch period)
  • Students take four 80-minute classes that reinforce test material and techniques

10th-12th G

  • SAT I Math
  • Vocabulary and Essay Writing
  • Grammar
  • SAT I Reading Comprehension

Supplemental Friday Writing Course: 2/3 – 6/3

  • Advanced AP writing standards
  • College Essay Writing Preparation

2017 summer: 7/10 – 8/24 (7 weeks)

  • Mon.– Thurs., 9:00AM – 1:45 PM (20 minute lunch period)
  • Students take two classes a day and 4 subjects in total
  • Pre-tests and homework assignments reinforce material taught in class
  • Small groups are led by test specialists and subject specific teachers to improve score potential and GPAs

11th-12th G

  • SAT I Math
  • SAT I Writing
  • SAT I Vocabulary
  • SAT I Reading Comprehension

10th G

  • PSAT Math
  • Intro HS Chemistry
  • PSAT Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary and Writing