Taking Standardized Exams

Your nomination to the Ventures Scholars Program was partially based on your standardized test score. Similarly, many colleges and universities will review your SAT or ACT scores as part of their entrance requirements. Make sure you appropriately prepare for these examinations. Do not wait until a week before the examination. This site links you to some Web sites that provide you with sample examinations and helpful resources.

If you are preparing to go to graduate or professional school, take a moment to go to the undergraduate resource section to learn about the standardized examinations you will need to take to pursue your intended career.

PSAT/NMSQT
(Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). This test provides high school students with an understanding of expectations of the SAT. The length of the exam is two hours and is usually given in October. Students who take this test can qualify for the Ventures Scholars Program.


PSAT Structure
Section
Time
Number of Questions
Scoring
Verbal
25 min.
approx. 26
 
Verbal
25 min.
approx. 26
 
Total Verbal  
52
20-80
Math
25 min.
20
 
Math
25 min.
20
 
Total Math  
40
20-80

Writing Skills

30 min.
39
20-80
Total
2 hrs. 10 min.
131
60-240


SAT I
The official name is SAT I: Reasoning. The SAT is designed to help measure a student's ability to handle college level work. The seven sections of the test, comprised of a variety of verbal and math questions, gauge students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It's typically taken in the junior or senior year but many students take the SAT more than once since most colleges consider only the highest score. The length of the exam is three hours.

Section
Time
Number of Questions
Scoring
Verbal
30 min.
35-36
 
Verbal
30 min.
30-31
 
Verbal
15 min.
11-13
 
Total Verbal  
78
200-800
Math
30 min.
25
 
Math
15 min.
10
 
Total Math  
60
200-800
Total
3 hours
138
400-1600


The New SAT I Examination
Click here to learn about the College Board's new SAT test. Changes go into effect in 2005.

Subject Tests
These tests, required by some colleges, gauge students' mastery of specific academic subjects and the extent of students' knowledge in a particular subject area. You can choose among 22 tests in five areas. Some of the subject areas include: Writing, Literature, American History and Social Studies, World History, Math IC, Math IIC, Biology, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese Listening, French Reading, French Listening, German Reading, German Listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese Listening, Korean Listening, Latin, Spanish Reading, Spanish Listening, and English Language Proficiency. Click here for more information

SAT I and II Test Dates
Test Date
Test
Regular Registration Deadline
October 9, 2004
SAT & Subject Tests
September 7, 2004
Nobember 6, 2004
SAT & Subject Tests (includes Language Tests with Listening and ELPT™)
October 1, 2004
December 4, 2004
SAT & Subject Tests
October 29, 2004
January 22, 2005
SAT & Subject Tests (includes Language Tests with Listening and ELPT™)
December 20, 2004
March 12, 2005
New SAT
SAT only
February 7, 2005
May 7, 2005
New SAT
SAT & Subject Tests
March 25, 2005
June 4, 2005
New SAT
SAT & Subject Tests
April 29, 2005

For more information about test dates, registration and late registration, click here.

ACT
Most colleges accept this test in lieu of the SAT I. Many students take both SAT I and ACT in order to increase their chances of getting a good score. The format of the ACT consists of four subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The length of the exam is three hours.

ACT Structure
Section
Time
Number of Questions
Scoring
English
45 min.
75
1-36
Math
60 min.
60
1-36
Reading
35 min.
40
1-36
Science Reasoning
35 min.
40
1-36


ACT Test Dates
Test Date
Regular Registration Deadline
September 25, 2004
(available only in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington)
August 20, 2004
October 23, 2004
September 17, 2004
December 11, 2004
November 5, 2004
ACT Assessment and ACT Assessment Plus Writing*
February 12, 2005
(No test centers scheduled in New York for February test date.)
January 7, 2005
April 9, 2005
March 4, 2005
June 11, 2005
May 6, 2005

*Starting in 2005, two test options are available.

For more information about test dates, the new writing assessment, registration and late registration, click here.

AP Exams
These exams are taken by motivated high school students eager to get a head start on college. Students can earn up to one year of college credit, while also fulfilling high school course requirements. There are thirty-three (33) AP courses offered in 9 subject areas, including math, science, history, social science and foreign language. Many times, AP courses give students a competitive edge when applying to a competitive college. AP exams are administered in May. Click here for more information.

Web Sites to Obtain Additional Information on Tests

Number2.com
Number2.com was created by university professors and graduate students with years of experience in the area of test preparation and provides some free testing services for students interested in taking the SAT, ACT, and GRE.

Free SAT 1 Prep
Free SAT 1 Prep gives insightful test-taking strategies for each section of the SAT and then gives you practice problems to put the skills to use.

TakeSAT.com
This site contains several mini-tests for each section of the SAT test. It notifies you which questions were answered incorrectly, but does not give explanations to those questions. It also gives a ten-week study plan for the SAT.

Seldeen's Vocab.SAT
This is a good Web site for testing your vocabulary. It contains fifteen vocabulary quizzes, and after completion of each quiz, you can have a study guide emailed to you.

www.freevocabulary.com
This is another good vocabulary site. It contains a long list of SAT words and their definitions. It can be helpful for creating vocabulary flash cards.

The Princeton Review

The College Board
This is a wonderful site! It has an array of comprehensive information. This site offers customized college, major, and scholarship searches. It's also a great way to stay up on important AP and SAT test dates. You can register for the SAT on-line here. Check out their SAT question of the day.

ACT, Inc.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

TestU

Educational Testing Service

 

 
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