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Testing Information

SAT Test Dates

Basic Fee $47; Late?// $49; Change Fee $29

SAT DateRegistration Deadline
August 26, 2017July 28, 2017
October 7, 2017September 8, 2017
November 4, 2017October 5, 2017
December 2, 2017November 2, 2017
March 10, 2018February 9, 2018
May 5, 2018April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018
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Online registration for SAT Program tests at www.sat.org

ACT Test Dates

Basic Fee $62.50 with writing, $46 without; Late Fee $29.50; Standby Fee $53; Change Fee $26

ACT Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration DeadlinePhoto Upload
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017September 1, 2017
October 28, 3017September 22, 2017September 23-October 6, 2017October 20, 2017
December 9, 2017November 3, 2017November 4-17, 2017December 1, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018February 2, 2018
April 14, 2018March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018April 6, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018June 1, 2018
July 14, 2018June 15, 2018June 16-22, 2018July 6, 2018

Online registration for ACT tests at www.act.org

Why do colleges and scholarship committees require tests such as SAT and ACT?

  • To provide a common yardstick for measuring potential success in college.
  • To serve as a check on grade inflation (High schools vary in quality and difficulty. An “A” from one school may not be equal to an “A” from another.)
  • To serve as confirmation of the high school record.
  • To help in self-selection for college admission. Students may research what percentage of the freshmen at a given college made scores similar to theirs.

Which tests are accepted where?

The SAT-1 is the preferred test in 278 institutions. Ten institutions in the US are the SAT-1 exclusive: California Institute of Technology Harvey Mudd College (CA), Westfield State College (MA), Loyola College (MD), Wake Forest University (NC), CUNY-Barnard M. Barcuch College (NY), CNY-College of Staten Island (NY), College of Insurance (NY), Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (NY), and Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music(PR).

The ACT is the preferred test is 654 institutions, and the 1,420 institutions will accept either test equally. All Ivy Leagues will accept either test, with the SAT-1 being preferred at Princeton and University of Pennsylvania. Students should ask colleges which test they prefer and whether they will accept results from the other test.

ACT

The ACT includes four tests, the High School Course/Grade Info questionnaire, the ACT Interest Inventory, and the Student Profile Section:

  • English Test – 75 items/45 minutes
  • Mathematics Test – 60 items/60 minutes (Includes 23% pre-algebra, 17% elementary algebra, 15% intermediate algebra, 15% coordinate geometry, 23% plane geometry, and 7% trigonometry)
  • Reading Test – 40 items/35 minutes
  • Reasoning Test – 40 items/35 minutes

Students must be able to remember and use math formulas and rules of grammar, punctuation, and usage. Students may use calculators. There are only four answer choices in each area other than math where there a re five. There is no penalty for guessing. Students receive twelve scaled score s on the Enhanced ACT Assessment: four test scores, seven sub scores, and a composite score with a maximum of 36 points. Score reports are mailed four weeks after each national test date.

The SAT:  Test is 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional]) divided in 3 parts:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (Reading Test and Writing and Language Test)
  2. Math
  3. Essay (Optional)

Which test should a student take?

Some reasons to take the ACT:

  • There is greater detail in score reporting. This information may help students make college choices and assist with college course placement decisions.
  • Some schools will take the ACT instead of the SAT I plus SAT Subject Tests. This one is the preferred test in some neighboring states.
  • The academic abilities of good students who may not test well are sometimes more evident with the ACT.

Some reasons to take the SAT:

  • Some Georgia colleges ma prefer the SAT. Students need to check with the college.
  • This test is mentioned often on scholarship applications. (remember that your child has the option of asking if ACT scores may be substituted.)

What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?

ACT

The makers of the ACT say that the tests measure a student’s academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. It is not an aptitude test.

SAT

The makers of the SAT say that the verbal portion of the test is designed to test vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and understanding of what you read. The math questions test your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra, and geometry.

Understanding PSAT Scores

Who takes the PSAT?

Of the more than two million students who take the test, most are high school juniors. Nearly all students who take the test indicate they plan to attend college.

The 20,000 high schools that test-takers attend vary greatly in size, curricula, standards, grading systems, population served, and source of support. For students who take the PSAT/NMSQT, the score report provides a standardized view of their scholastic skills, regardless of the school attended, and helps them compare themselves to other college-bound students nationwide.

What does the PSAT/NMSQT measure?

The PSAT/NMSQT measures skills in three basic academic areas important for success in college.

  • Verbal reasoning questions involve analogies, sentence completions, and critical reading.
  • Math problem-solving questions deal with arithmetic, algebra, and geometry; some involve quantitative comparisons.
  • Writing skills questions ask students to identify sentence errors, improve sentences, and improve paragraphs.

How is the PSAT/NMSQT scored?

First, a raw score is computed. Students receive one point for each correct answer (regardless of difficulty). For incorrect answers to multiple-choice questions, a fraction of a point is deducted based on the number of answer choices: four choices, 1/3 point deduction; five choices, 1/4 point deduction. Nothing is deducted for unanswered questions or for an incorrect answer to a student-produced response question.

Next, the raw score is converted to a score on the PSAT/NMSQT scale of 20 to 80. This statistical procedure, called equating, adjusts for differences in difficulty between various forms, or editions, of the test. Equating makes it possible to compare the scores of students who have take different editions of the test.

Do PSAT/NMSQT scores fairly reflect student’s skills?

Concern for fairness is an integral part of the development of the PSAT/NMSQT. Comprehensive reviews and analyses ensure that questions and tests are fair for different groups of students. Although differences in test performance may be the result of many factors, long-term educational preparation is the primary cause. The test itself reflects such differences but does not cause them.

Can PSAT/NMSQT scores be used to estimate SAT scores?

Verbal and math questions in the PSAT/NMSQT are the same kind as those in the SAT I: Reasoning Test. Writing skills questions are the same kind as those in the multiple-choice section of the Sat II: Writing Test. These similarities are intentional, as the PSAT/NMSQT is designed to be a practice for Sat Program tests. The PSAT/NMSTQT scale of 20 to 80 is equivalent to the Sat scale of 200 to 800.

Estimated SAT score ranges are included on student score reports. Two times out of three, juniors will earn SAT scores within these ranges but actual scores may be higher (or lower) than these estimates. Higher than estimated SAT scores may result from intervening activities, such as

  • Developing skills through rigorous academic courses
  • Participating in problem-solving activities
  • Extensive, quality outside reading
  • Following the advice in the “Improve Your Skills” section of Score Report Plus
  • Becoming familiar with test directions, types of questions, and pacing

Juniors frequently take the SAT six or seven months after taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Estimated SAT scores for all test-takers assume the SAT is taken within a year of taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Sophomores will usually not take the SAT for 18 months, so there may be a greater likelihood that intervening activities will influence their SAT scores.