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Taking the ACT and SAT

2017-2018 Testing Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Sep 9 Aug 4 Aug 18
Oct 28 Sept 22 Oct 6
Dec 9 Nov 3 Nov 17
Feb 10 Jan 12 Jan 19
April 14 March 9 March 23
June 9 May 4 May 18
July 14 June 15 June 22

Register at www.actstudent.org/

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Aug 26 Jul 28 Aug 8
Oct 7 Sept 8 Sept 19
Nov 4 Oct 5 Oct 17
Dec 2 Nov 2 Nov 14

Register at sat.collegeboard.org

SLHS School Code: 290193

The SLHS Testing Plan

Freshmen take the ASPIRE exam in October. The exam includes college readiness information in English, Math, Reading and Science. At Freshmen Information Night, students and their parents get the test results and receive individualized information on how to improve college readiness in specific areas, and resources that will help with career choices. Freshmen also take an interest inventory, and then receive information on how their interests may match with career choices.

Sophomores take the PSAT exam in October and receive their results at the Sophomore Information Night. They are given an individualized study plan to improve their SAT scores. It is recommended that they take the ACT in the spring.

Juniors take the PSAT in October. Results of this exam qualify students for the National Merit Scholar program. At this point students have had experience with both SAT and ACT exams. They can now focus on studying for the exam they feel most comfortable taking and/or received the better test scores. Juniors will take either the SAT or ACT in the spring. It is recommended that they test in May or June, close to the time that they are studying for finals.

Any student who has taken the PSAT exam is eligible for a free on-line resource called My College QuickStart. My College QuickStart is a free personalized planning kit based on the student’s test results that includes:

  • An on-line PSAT/NMSQT score report, including projected SAT.
  • Score ranges, state percentiles and the power to sort answer.
  • Explanations by difficulty and question type.
  • A customized SAT student plan.
  • Personalized lists of colleges, majors and careers.
  • All the college and career exploration tools on My Road.

Students can gain access to this exciting new tool by visiting studentscores.collegeboard.org. Here the student will create an online account and enter the access code found on their official PSAT Score Report Plus. Parents can use collegeboard.com/parents to help your student reach his/her important education and career goals and have a successful experience preparing for and applying to college.

Seniors take a final SAT and/or ACT as necessary.

The SAT is Changing!

The College Board, which creates the Scholastic Assessment Test conducted its own exam – and decided it was failing students. “It is time to admit that the SAT and ACT have become far too disconnected from the work of our  high schools,” said David Coleman.

The new version rolled out in 2016. The redesigned college entrance exam returns to a 1600 point scale and the essay has become optional. There are no penalties for wrong answers, and the questions will focus more on commonly used vocabulary and core math skills. And for the first time, students will have the option of taking the new test on computers.

The changes came following feedback from educators, who said the SAT is not testing for skills that students need in college and afterward. “We have also been listening to our students and their families, for whom these tests are often mysterious and foster unproductive anxiety.”

The College Board also announced a partnership with the tutoring website Khan Academy to offer free test prep materials for the new SAT. That could benefit students from lower-income families who can’t afford expensive tutors and classes. “We’re not in the game of hey when in doubt pick C because statistically you have a 5% chance of getting it right. We’re not into this gamesmanship. We’re more let’s make sure you have really solid fundamentals,” says founder Sal Khan.