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SAT/ACT/AP EXAM SCHEDULES

SAT Dates and Deadlines 2017-2018 (including August 26, 2017 test date)

ACT Dates and Deadlines 2017-2018

SAT and ACT Exam Dates and Costs 2016-17

AP Exam Dates 2016-17

TESTING ADVICE

SAT vs. ACT

SAT or ACT? Do you know which test is right for you?

How long should I study?

PrepScholar suggests this for the SAT:

Once you know your base score based on the PSAT or an online practice test, figure out your target score. Your target score will be based on colleges you want to go to. Then, plan to study for the following lengths of time based on how much you need your composite score to improve:

0-50 SAT Composite Point Improvement: 10 hours
50-100 Point Improvement: 20 hours
100-200 Point Improvement: 40 hours
200-300 Point Improvement: 80 hours
300-500 Point Improvement: 150 hours+

Need help preparing for SAT/ACT tests? The Career Center has books, free online study suggestions, and schedules for test-prep courses  (All test-prep courses incur some cost, and South does not endorse specific classes.)  Come by to see which method sounds right for you.

TEST DESCRIPTIONS

ACCUPLACER Tests are used by your college or technical school to help place you in classes that match your skill level. ACCUPLACER Tests help identify your knowledge, strength, and needs in math, reading, and writing. Along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests, your ACCUPLACER results help you choose courses that match your skill level.  For more information, visit the Career Center or  https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/.

The ACT (American College Test) is a national college-entrance exam accepted by nearly all 4-year colleges. It is a curriculum-based test with sections of reading, English, math and science reasoning. An essay segment is optional, but some colleges require it. Test scores range from 1-36, with a composite score included. Seniors should test by fall. See above link for date and deadline schedule. Visit the Career Center or visit www.act.org for more information.

The AP (Advanced Placement) Tests offer students an opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at many of the nation’s colleges and universities, usually after taking a yearlong AP course with a focus on AP-level work. SEHS administers AP tests for courses offered at South such as Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French Language, US History, European History, Spanish Language, Environmental Science, Physics I & II, and Comparative Government & Politics.  Scores range from 1-5 and are reported in July. Colleges vary in policies granting credit, ranging from granting a full year’s worth of credit to granting no credit.  They may also offer introductory course exemption. Students should check with colleges for individual AP-credit policies. See above link for test dates. Visit the Career Center or www.collegeboard.org for more information.

The ASVAB Test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) measures basic skills and vocational aptitude. It is administered by the military, but without obligation and without charge. It is a great career exploration tool for all students, regardless of post-high-school plans. South doesn’t routinely offer the ASVAB, but visit the career center for suggestion as to where to take it.

IB (International Baccalaureate) Exams are written and graded internationally. Students may opt to take individual certificate tests or the full diploma (six tests including two during junior year and four during senior year). They are similar to AP exams in opportunity to earn college credit or advanced standing. The tests are offered in Literature, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math Studies, Mathematics, French, Japanese, Spanish, and Economics. Scores range from 1-7, and are sent out in July. As with the AP exam, colleges vary in policies granting credit, including granting a full year’s worth of credit, a semester’s worth of credit, and/or course exemption. Some also award credit for students having taken the IHS-required Theory of Knowledge Course and/or attaining the full diploma. Students should check with colleges for individual credit policies. Visit the Career Center or IHS office for more information.

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. It also automatically enters testers in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship competition. The PSAT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. At South during the 2017-18 school year, the PSAT will be given to all sophomores and juniors on Essential Skills Day in October. For more information, visit the Career Center or  www.collegeboard.org.

The SAT (acronym with no meaning) is a national college-entrance exam accepted by nearly all 4-year colleges. It is a test with sections of math and evidence-based reading and writing. An essay segment is optional, but some colleges require it. Test scores range from 400-1600, with the essay scored completely separately. Seniors should test by fall. See above link for date and deadline schedule. For more information, visit the Career Center or  www.collegeboard.org.

The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour tests designed to test a student’s depth of knowledge in core subjects. They are given on the same test dates, but cannot be taken the same day as the regular SAT. Some colleges use Subject Test scores for admission and/or course placement. Selective colleges often require them for admission and want to see two or three in different subject areas. Check with colleges for their specific requirements. See above link for date and deadline schedule. For more information, visit the Career Center or  www.collegeboard.org.