SAT/ACT/AP EXAM SCHEDULES
SAT vs. ACT
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.
AP Tests (Advanced Placement) offer students an opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most 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: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French Language, US History, European History, Spanish Language, Environmental Sci., Physics I & II, and Comparative Gov. & Politics. Scores range from 1-5 and are reported in July. Colleges vary in policies granting credit, ranging from granting a full yea’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.
ASVAB Test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) measures basic skills and vocational aptitude. Administered by the military, but without obligation. No charge. It is a great career exploration tool for all students, regardless of post-high-school plans.
ACT Test (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. A writing segment is optional, but most 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 fee schedule. Visit the Career Center or visit www.act.org for more information.
IB Exams (International Baccalaureate) 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). Similar to AP 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 Couse and/or attaining the full diploma. Students should check with colleges for individual credit policies. See above link for test dates. Visit the Career Center or IHS office for more information.
PLAN Test, a “pre-ACT” test, helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. It helps to focus attention on both career preparation and improving academic achievement. At South Eugene, the PLAN test is given to all Sophomores on Testing Day in October.
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 Eugene the PSAT is given to all Juniors on Testing Day in October.
SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a national college-entrance exam accepted by nearly all 4-year colleges. It is partly aptitude based. The SAT currently includes three segments: math (through Algebra II), critical reading, and a new writing section. Test scores range from 200-800 for each of the 3 segments, with a combined possible score of 2400. Changes to the format of this test are coming very soon: the “Resdesigned SAT” will be administered instead of the current version beginning March 5, 2015. Seniors should test by fall. See above link for date and fee schedule. For more information, visit the Career Center or www.collegeboard.org.
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 three in different subject areas. Check with colleges for their specific requirements. See above link for date and fee schedule. For more information, visit the Career Center or www.collegeboard.org.