SAT PREPARATION

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The SAT Test Structure

This is a standardized test for undergraduate college admissions in the United States. Many US & Canadian universities use this test for their undergraduate admission process. The SAT is owned , published, and developed by the college board, a non- profit organization in the united states and was once developed , published, and scored by the Educational testing service(ETS).ETS now administers exam .SAT consist of the general SAT reasoning test and SAT subject test.

SAT Reasoning Test

This is a standardized test for undergraduate college admissions in the United States. Many US & Canadian universities use this test for their undergraduate admission process. The SAT is owned , published, and developed by the college board, a non- profit organization in the united states and was once developed , published, and scored by the Educational testing service(ETS).ETS now administers exam .SAT consist of the general SAT reasoning test and SAT subject test.The SAT Reasoning Test is three hours and 45 minutes long and measures skills in three areas: critical reading, math, and writing. Although most questions are multiple choice, students are also required to write a 25- minute essay. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college – skills that students learned in high school. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom – including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. The SAT is an important resource for colleges. It’s also one of the best predictors of how well students will do in college. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing sub scores for multiple- choice questions and the essay. The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay, and the last section is always a 10- minute multiple – choice writing section .Sections two through seven are 25- minute selections. Sections eight and nine are 20- minute sections. Test-takers sitting next to each other in the same session may have test books with entirely different content orders for sections two through nine (mathematics, critical, reading, and writing). The SAT Reasoning Test is the nation’s most widely used admissions test among colleges and universities.

SAT Subject Test

This is a standardized test for undergraduate college admissions in the United States. Many US & Canadian universities use this test for their undergraduate admission process. The SAT is owned , published, and developed by the college board, a non- profit organization in the united states and was once developed , published, and scored by the Educational testing service(ETS).ETS now administers exam .SAT consist of the general SAT reasoning test and SAT subject test.The SAT subject Tests are one – hour, mostly multiple choice tests in specific subjects. These tests measure knowledge of particular subject sand the ability to apply that knowledge. Students take the subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language .Many colleges use the subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advice students about course selection. This is used in combination with other background information (student’s high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc), they provide a dependable measure of the students academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance.

ACT PREPARATION

The ACT (originally the American College Test) and SAT are the two standardized tests accepted by most colleges and universities for admissions purposes. The exam has a multiple choice section covering math, English, reading, and science. It also has an optional writing test in which examinees plan and write a short essay.
The exam was first created in 1959 by a professor at the University of Iowa who wanted an alternative to the SAT.
The exam was inherently different than the pre-2016 SAT. While the SAT attempted to test a student's aptitude—that is, the students ability to learn—the ACT was much more pragmatic. The exam tested students on the information they actually learned in school. The SAT was (wrongly) designed to be an exam for which students could not study. The ACT, on the other hand, was a test that rewarded good study habits. Today, with the release of a redesigned SAT in March of 2016, the tests are strikingly similar in that both test information that students learn in school. The College Board revamped the SAT, in part, because it was losing market share to the ACT. The ACT surpassed the SAT in number of test-takers in 2011. The College Board's response has been to make the SAT much more like the ACT.

What Does the ACT Cover?

The ACT is made up of four sections plus the optional writing test:

    • ACT English Test: 75 questions related to standard English.

      Topics include rules of punctuation, word usage, sentence construction, organization, cohesion, word choice, style, and tone. Total time: 45 minutes. Students read passages and then answer questions related to sentences that have been underlined in those passages.

    • ACT Mathematics Test: 60 questions related to high school mathematics.

      Topics covered include algebra, geometry, statistics, modeling, functions, and more. Students can use an approved calculator, but the exam is designed so that a calculator is not necessary. The math test does not cover calculus. Total time: 60 minutes.

    • ACT Reading Test

      40 questions focused on reading comprehension. Test-takers will answer questions about both explicit and implicit meanings found in textual passages. Where the English Test is about proper language usage, the Reading Test digs in to ask about key ideas, types of arguments, differences between fact and opinion, and point of view. Total time: 35 minutes.

ACT Science Test

40 questions related to the natural sciences. Questions will cover introductory biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. The questions typically aren't highly specialized for any field, but more about the process of doing science—interpreting data, understanding research processes, and so on. Total time: 35 minutes.

  • ACT Writing Test (Optional)

    Test-takers will write a single essay based on a given issue. The essay prompt will provide several perspectives on the issue that the test-taker will need to analyze and synthesize and then present his or her own perspective.

    Total time: 40 minutes.
    Total time: 175 minutes without writing; 215 minutes with the writing test. There is a 10 minute break after the Math Test, and a five minute break before the optional Writing Test.