The SAT and ACT are taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year, and are used for college admissions and merit-based scholarships. PSATs help prepare students for the SAT, access scholarships and connect to AP.
SAT and ACT Comparison
|MEASURES||Reading, writing/language and math with optional essay||English, reading, math and science with optional writing section|
|COST||$47.50 (without essay)*|
$64.50 (with essay)*
|$50.50 (without writing)*
$67 (with writing)*
Juniors take ACT for free in the spring.
|TEST RESULTS||Approx. 5 weeks||Approx. 6-8 weeks|
*Fee waiver available from the school counselor for juniors and seniors receiving free and reduced lunch.
The SAT reading and writing/language portions are combined for an overall score between 200 and 800. SAT also has an optional essay portion. The math portion is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. Each category includes subcategory scores to further break down the tester’s skills. For more information on the SAT, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/test-design.
Each ACT section (except writing) is scored between 1 and 40; and the average score in each section is 20.
Test Dates and Locations
Both exams are offered at a number of local test centers on various Saturdays throughout the year (usually neighboring high schools such as Sayre, Troy, Wyalusing, etc.) For SAT dates and deadlines, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines or go to the guidance office. For ACT dates and deadlines, visit http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html or go to the guidance office.
Free online SAT and ACT preparation programs:
Students have available free SAT and ACT test preparation programs online through their Study Island accounts, accessible from school and home. Once logging in, select ‘College Readiness’ then choose either the SAT or ACT module. Within each module are specific areas of each exam a student can practice as well as full length practice exams.
Also, free SAT preparation is available through www.kahnacademy.org. By creating an account using Facebook, Gmail or another personal email account, students are provided with an individualized study plan that can be saved over time to get prepared. A student takes several pre-tests in the different assessment areas so that the program can identify strengths and weaknesses.
Additional preparation materials are in the High School Guidance Office.
PSATs help prepare students for the SAT, access scholarships and connect to AP.
All 11th grade students test for free and are expected to test unless they choose to opt out. (If choosing to opt out, you must provide a written request from a parent or guardian to the Guidance Office at least one week before the test date.) 10th grade students choosing to test pay $16. The PSAT test is required for all 10th grade students considering dual enrollment in 11th or 12th grade. Students may request a fee waiver from the guidance office.