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PSAT/SAT and ACT

The upcoming PSAT - Information

Any 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student who is interested in taking the PSAT this year, will need to bring $16, cash only, to the counseling office now through September 21st to reserve a spot. This test is a great way for students to prepare for the SAT, which should be taken at the end of the junior year.
 
By taking this test now, students will be able to see how well prepared they are for the SAT, and they will be able to link their results with the Khan Academy to create a personally tailored SAT prep program--for free!! Additionally, 11th grade students will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program if their scores are in the top 3% of the student who take the test.
 
This year, the test will be given on Saturday, October 14th  7:45am - 12:00 PM. Arrive and check in at 7:45 with testing beginning promptly at 8:00am!
 
Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

 

ACT vs SAT

New SAT vs. ACT

New SAT vs. ACT

The New SAT

ACT Background

Free Prep-factory ACT Materials

Prepfactory.com is sharing their completely FREE ACT prep site (recently showcased on FreeTech4Teachers & being used by more than several hundred other schools), which features:

 

- 99th percentile instructors

- thousands of practice questions

- gamification elements to keep kids engaged

 

Here's a special invite link if you'd like to check it out: www.prepfactory.com/invite

 

(and here's the link to the FreeTech4Teachers feature:  FreeTech4Teachers)

Prepfactory is looking to help the thousands of kids who can't afford the hundreds of dollars for a Kaplan-type prep class.

ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live classroom

ACT and Kaplan Test Prep are combining their experience and expertise to offer ACT® Kaplan Online Prep Live, a live online classroom delivering courses that will help empower students to be better prepared for success in college and career.

Online Prep Live is designed to make a meaningful difference in how students perform—both in school and on the ACT® test—by adding a dynamic interactive learning experience with high-quality, hands-on teaching to the existing ACT Online PrepTM platform. Students can engage in live, interactive learning anywhere, anytime on any internet-connected device. All courses also will be recorded and subsequently available on demand. And Online Prep Live will be available at no cost to students who register for a national ACT test date with a fee waiver.

Online Prep Live will be available this fall.

As part of ACT's partnership with Kaplan, they are also offering several free online events to all students. The events include:

  • Understanding Your ACT Scores and What to Do Next 
  • Introduction to STEM Concepts 
  • Introduction to English Language Arts (ELA) Concepts

More information about the free online events and ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live can be found at www.act.org/news/announcement

Understanding your PSAT results

Please go to this website and watch the helpful video

NY Times Article on the New SAT

Last year, the Times covered the changes on the new SAT. Read this for more background.

 

One highlight from the piece:

How should students prepare? By reading often and diving into various kinds of texts, especially nonfiction, tutors say. That’s more a long-term strategy than a quick test-prep trick. Habitual reading can also help on the writing section, which will demand prolonged concentration. To answer questions about grammar, punctuation, and usage, students will have to wade through extended passages relating to history, humanities, and science.

 

What’s true of the writing section is true of the new SAT in general: There’s much more to read. “The most fundamental change is that there are many, many more words,” said Aaron Golumbfskie, education director for PrepMatters. “If you don’t read well and happily, this test isn’t going to be your friend.”