03 Nov ACT & SAT: Quick Reference and Tips
If you are in your senior year of high school, you’ve probably been hearing conversations of college tours, college applications, FAFSA, and more.
One important piece that will help you on the road to getting admitted into your college of choice is making sure that your SAT and ACT scores are up to speed.
Keep reading to learn more about what these tests are, deadlines and tips for good scores:
Q: What is the difference between the SAT & ACT?
The SAT ( Scholastic Aptitude Test) contains three sections:
- Writing & Language
The ACT ( American College Testing) contains four sections:
Q: How do I know which one to take?
Start by figuring out which test your college would like you to take and which one is require by the state in which you live.
**Once you have those answers, you can use this chart to figure which test would fit your strengths:
|Applying trigonometry and geometry skills||ACT|
|Answering math questions without a calculator||ACT|
|Comfort with scientific terms||ACT|
|Remembering locations of details in reading*||ACT|
|Applying grammar and punctuation skills*||ACT|
|Skipping over questions that take too long*||ACT|
|Living in one of the mandatory ACT testing states||ACT|
|Answering questions in chronological order||SAT|
|Finding evidence to support your answers*||SAT|
|Answering questions on writing style*||SAT|
|Living in one of the mandatory SAT testing states||SAT|
Q: When should I take these tests?
Please find below a list of registration dates and deadlines for each test:
ACT Test Dates Registration Deadlines ACT Scores Available
December 10th, 2016 November 4th, 2016 December 20th, 2016
February 11th, 2017 January 13th, 2017 February 22, 2017
April 8th, 2017 March 3rd, 2017 April 18th, 2017
June 10th, 2017 May 5th, 2017 June 20th, 2017
SAT Test Dates Registration Deadlines SAT Score Available
December 3rd, 2016 November 3rd, 2016 December 22nd, 2016
January 21st, 2017 December 21, 2016 February 23rd, 2017
March 11th, 2017 February 10th, 2017 April 13th, 2017
May 6th, 2017 April 7th, 2017 June 8th, 2017
June 3rd, 2017 May 9th, 2017 July 12th, 2017
Q: What test scores should I aim for?
For ACT scores:
National Average : 20 Composite Score
Scholarship Average: Above 23
What you should Target: Above 25
For SAT scores:
National Average: 1490
Scholarship Average: 1490 and up
What should you Target: 1490 and up
Q: How do I Register to Take the Test:
Q: How can I Prepare for these tests?
If you are a CMSD student, there are test prep tools located in your Naviance Accounts.
There are multiple resources available at your local library including work books, flashcards and books.
For Quick tips for taking these tests, watch the following video:
For more resources, click the following links: