• Standardized Tests

     

    COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING (SAT & ACT)

    Questions that are commonly asked are:
    Which college admissions test should my student take? and
    Which test preparation company is the best?

    There are two admissions tests that colleges will accept, the SAT and the ACT. These two tests are different and occasionally a student will score better on one than the other. Then that student would send his/her best test score (whether it is an SAT or an ACT) to the college. I suggest that students try both tests.

    The SAT is a reasoning test. It consists of math and evidence-based reading/writing sections, for a total score of 1600. The ACT tests the student’s knowledge in four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning with each carrying 1/4 of the weight toward the total score of 36. Colleges know how to compare the different scores. Both registration forms are available in the College/Career Center or students can register online at SAT or ACT

     

    SAT Subject Tests may also be required for some schools. The University of California system no longer require two SAT II subject tests.  However, subject tests are recommended.  Students choosing the math subject test must take Math level IIC- the C means it is acceptable to use a calculator. Students taking AP U.S. History might consider taking U.S. History as their third test. There are 16 subject tests possible, many of them languages. These tests are administered on a Saturday morning.

     
    You can find a test center here. Register early to ensure that you get the location you want. Students try to stand-by for ACT only to take the test if they miss the last registration deadline.
     
    The California public colleges (UC and CSU) will not be requiring an SAT or ACT test score for the Fall 2021 entering class. The UC will no longer require a test score as part of their application for all future classes.  The CSU has not announced changes other than for Fall 2021 and may continue to require testing in the future.
     
    The SAT offers test dates in January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. The ACT offers its test in  February, April, July, September, October and December. When students request that their SAT I test results be sent to a college, The College Board will either send results from all SAT tests taken or will send just a specific test date you request. The ACT will begin superscoring score sends in September (sending the best results from multiple tests). The SAT already allows superscoring.  Starting in September, the ACT will allow students to retake individual sections of the test, as long as they have sat for one complete test beforehand. Individual section tests must be taken at an online center.

    The UC has announced they may consider test scores in the evaluation process for the Fall 2021 class if submitted.  The CSU will not look at test scores in the evaluation process for the Fall 2021 class. When sending test scores to the UC system, you may save money by sending them to only one school.  By sending scores (either ACT or SAT) to any one University of California campus, then checking the box at the end of the UC application, all campuses will have access to your scores.
     
    There are many test preparation companies offering classes in Marin. These courses typically consist of a series of group sessions. Several of the local high school offer free practice test sessions for the SAT.  Watch for e-mail announcements for these dates. Compass in Larkspur Landing offers practice SAT and ACT tests for a low fee. Compass provides private tutoring in all areas of test preparation. The local number is 800-620-6250.  Many students have taken classes or received one-on-one tutoring for the SAT/ACT/Subject Tests from TLC Tutoring in Fairfax. http://tlctutoring.org/
     
    Online help:

    www.number2.com offers good free online test prep.
     
     
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