The American College Test, or ACT, has traditionally been required at Midwest and Southern colleges and universities. The Scholastic Achievement Test, more commonly known as the SAT, has traditionally been required at certain schools, specifically those on the East and West coasts. However, policies are changing and you may have your choice between tests when applying to college.
COLORADO STATE ACT SCHEDULE (11th grade only)
TUESDAY, APRIL 28th, 2015
7:40 am - 12:00pm
|September 13, 2014
||August 8, 2014
||August 9–22, 2014|
|October 25, 2014
||September 19, 2014
||September 20-October 3, 2014|
|December 13, 2014
||November 7, 2014
||November 8-21, 2014|
|February 7, 2015
||January 9, 2015
||January 10-16, 2015|
|April 18, 2015
||March 13, 2015
||March 14-27, 2015|
|June 13, 2015
||May 8, 2015
||May 9-22, 2015|
Test Format: Four sections -- English, Math, Science Reasoning and Experiemental
Length of Test: 3 hours, 25 minutes (including optional 30 minute writing section)
Math: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry
Writing Section: Optional
Scoring: Each section is scored on a scale from 1-36. Sections are averaged to reach a total score that is
between 1-36. This is called the composite score.
Content: English, Math, Science, Writing
Preference: Typically Midwest and Southern colleges and universities. Check with the college/university you
are applying to.
Penalty for wrong answers: None
Current ACT Fees: $38 (No Writing); $54.50 (ACT Plus Writing)
|October 11, 2014
||September 12, 2014
||September 30, 2014|
|November 8, 2014
||October 9, 2014
||October 28, 2014|
|December 6. 2014
||November 6, 2014
||November 24, 2014|
|January 24, 2015
||December 29, 2014
||January 13, 2015|
|March 14, 2015
||February 13, 2015
||March 3, 2015|
|May 2, 2015
||April 6, 2015
||April 21, 2015|
|June 6, 2015
||May 8, 2015
||May 27, 2015|
TO REGISTER FOR THE SAT GO TO: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register
Test Format: Ten sections -- 3 critical reading, 3 math, 3 writing, 1 experimental
Length of Test: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Math: Basic Geometry and Algebra II
Writing Section: Required -- 25 minutes
Scoring: Each section is added together for a highest possible score of 2400
Penalty for wrong answers: Yes
Content: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing
Preference: Typically East and West Coast colleges and universities. Check with the college/university you
are applying to.
Current SAT Fees: $52.50; subject tests $26
ACT vs. SAT: What is the Difference?
In spite of their differences, neither test is more likely than the other to produce a great score. In fact, when viewing a comparison of the ACT and SAT, the vast majority of students perform comparably on both tests.
You may not even need to think in terms of ACT vs. SAT. If the colleges you're interested in accept scores from either test, you may want to consider taking both admissions tests. Each one tests you in a different way, so you might opt to take both to see which one you perform better on.
However, if you're short on time and money and want to put your efforts towards test prep for only one of the tests, your best bet is to take a few practice exams. There are free and low-cost practice exams available electronically and in print. If you are starting early and considering the tests as a sophomore, you may still have time to take the PLAN, which is similar to a practice ACT, or the PSAT, which is similar to a practice SAT.
If you're undecided about taking the ACT or SAT, you may feel more strongly about one or the other once you become familiar with the format of both. You can then evaluate your test performance before heading off for the real thing.
Where Should You Send Your Score Report?
We here at Early College High School want to know how you did on either the ACT or the SAT! Please be sure to send us a copy of your score report. The school code for Early College High School is 060333.