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

 

 

ACT 

 

 

 
ACT Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
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
 
 
 
TO REGISTER FOR THE ACT GO TO: www.actstudent.org
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
 
 
SAT
 
 
 

 

 
SAT Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
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.