Testing
2006-2007
Robert E. Lee High School
Presented by: University of North Florida
SOAR Cohort 7
National Standardized Tests
PSAT
Preliminary SAT
SAT
1. SAT Reasoning Test
2. SAT Subject Area Test
ACT
ACT
AP
Advance Placement
CLEP
College-Level Examination Program
PSAT
What does it test for?
Critical Reading Skills
Math Problem Solving Skills
Writing Skills
Why take the PSAT?
Practice test for the SAT
Discover students strengths and weaknesses
Compares your students scores to others
applying to college
Identifies National Merit Scholarship winners
(11th grade tests only)
Receive college information through student
search
Enter competitions for national scholarships
Begin college and career planning with access
to MyRoad
How can I prepare?
1. www.collegeboard.com
• questions, answers, and
explanations to the 2005 PSAT test
• SAT Question of the Day
2. Take the practice PSAT
3. Study the student sample essay
on the SAT review
4. Get help from math & English
teachers
PSAT Test Schedule
Fall 2006
Wednesday, October 18
December 2006
Results mailed to the school Principal
January 2007
AP potential available online
How much does it cost?
Scoring
3 different scores
• Reading
• Math
• Writing
Average junior score 49
Scoring
Selection Index:
Critical reading + Math + Writing = ?
Average junior score is 147
Score Reports
National Percentiles Compare
•Juniors’ scores compared nationally
Example:
A junior who scores 53% means he scored
better than 53 out of every 100 collegebound juniors who took the test.
PSAT National Merit
Scholarship
Students will be notified by
their school in
September of their senior year
How much does the
PSAT cost?
SAT Reasoning
•Critical Thinking Skills
•Math
•Critical Reading
•Writing
TIME: 3 hours 45 minutes
SAT Scoring
Total: 2400
Each Section: 800
SAT Reasoning Fees
On time: $41.50
Late registration: + $21.50
Standby: + $36.50
Change test/date/center: + $20.50
Extra score report: + $9.50
Fee Waiver
SAT Registration
2006-07 Registration
Deadlines
Test
November 7, 2006
SAT & Subject Tests
December 26, 2006
SAT & Subject Tests
February 2, 2007
SAT only
April 3, 2007
SAT & Subject Tests
April 27, 2007
SAT & Subject Tests
SAT Test Sites
Colleges/Universities
Jacksonville University
Edward Waters
FCCJ
High Schools
Lee
Raines
Forrest
Ed White
SAT Reasoning
Test Taking Strategies
Keep track of time
Answer easy questions first
Omit questions that you really have no idea
how to answer
Don’t panic if you cannot answer every
question
Use your test book for scratch work
SAT Reasoning Test Day
Good night’s sleep
Healthy breakfast
Valid Identification with picture
SAT Admission Ticket
2 #2 wooden pencils
Calculator
Snacks and drinks
NO CELL PHONES
BE ON TIME!
True or False
The SAT Reasoning
Test is a measure of
critical thinking skills
your child will need for
academic success in
college.
Subject Area Test
Previously Known As “SAT II”
Who should take the Subject Area Test?
Students who want to:
1. Demonstrate academic knowledge in a
specific subject area.
2. Apply to a college that requires the results of
a Subject Area Test.
Subject Area Test
What is the Subject Area Test?
•One hour multiple choice test
• Measures knowledge in a specific
academic area
Subject Area Test
5 Categories of Subject Tests
English
History
Math
Sciences
Languages
Subject Area Test
When is the Subject Area Test?
October 14, 2006 – June 2, 2007
(Actual schedule in handout packet)
Subject Area Test
Cost
Language Tests
w/ Listening
$18.00
+ $19.00
Additional Subject Tests +$ 8.00
**Fee Waivers
(Contact Guidance Counselor for Details)
Subject Area Test
2 Ways to Register:
SAT Registration Booklet
(see guidance counselor)
www.collegeboard.com
Which test is
designed to measure
students’ knowledge
about a particular
academic subject?
What Is ACT?
National College Admission
Examination
Consists of:
English
Mathematics
Reading
Science
Writing (optional)
Why Should Students Take
The ACT?
Universally accepted for college
admissions
Curriculum Based
More than a test
Good value
ACT Testing
United States
(5 National Test Dates)
October
December
February
April
June
No limitation to how many times students take
the test.
When Should Students
Take the ACT?
Spring
of 11th grade year
ACT Fees 2006-2007
Basic Fee
$29.00
Includes reports for:
Student
High School
Four valid colleges
(at time of registration only)
ACT Writing
+$14.00
Late Fee
+$19.00
Waiver
How Can I Prepare For The Act?
ACT Online PrepTM
The ACT test prep program created by ACT test
developers is now online! $19.95
The Real ACT Prep Guide
The official prep book from the makers of the ACT. The
only guide to include three real tests—each with an
optional Writing Test. $25.00
Preparing for the ACT (PDF; 80 pages, 1,075KB)–FREE
A booklet available through most high schools and
colleges—includes test information, a complete practice
test with scoring key, and a writing prompt with sample
essays.
Sample tests–FREE
Test tips–FREE
Test descriptions–FREE
Visit the ACT website at www.actstudent.org
Comparative Features of the
ACT & SAT 2006-2007
The ACT is an
achievement test,
measuring what a
student has
learned in school.
The SAT is more of
an aptitude test,
testing reasoning
and verbal abilities.
The ACT is scored
based on the
number correct
with no penalty for
guessing.
The SAT has a
penalty for
guessing. That is,
they take off for
wrong answers.
Resources for Families
Frequently Asked
Questions About the ACT
Truth about Preparing for
and Attending College
ACT Fees 2006-2007
College Comparison
Worksheet
Resources for Families
Comparative Features of
the ACT and SAT
Factors in the College
Admission Decision
ACT and SAT National
Score Report
Preferences
College Admission
Checklist
Free Publications for
Families
Glossary of College
Terms
Which test is broken down
into four parts:
Reading
Math
Science
English
with an additional Essay
option?
Advanced Placement
What:
High School credit and an
opportunity to earn College credit
►High School credit= successful
completion of course
►College Credit= required score
on AP test
Who:
Juniors and Seniors
When:
AP courses taken during school hours
Advanced Placement
Where: Lee High School
Why:
College Success
Preparation for college level work
Helps with college admissions
FREE college course credits
How:
AP potential from PSAT
Grades and test scores
Teacher recommendation
Parent request
True or False
After passing the Advanced
Placement test,
the AP course will count as a
college credit.
CLEP
What:
A test that determines if a student
may be exempt from a college course.
►Contact
college/university and know
their CLEP policy.
When:
Year round
Testing dates set by institution
Computer based with instant results
How Many:
34 subject tests
CLEP
Cost:
$ 60.00
+ administration fee
Transcripts:
Free, requested day of exam
$20.00 thereafter
www.collegeboard.com
►Test sites
►Registration
*FCCJ will allow students to start taking CLEP
exams their senior year if they took AP courses.
Students can start
taking the CLEP test
when they are how old?
For Your
Time and Patience
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