ACT/SAT TEST PREPARATION

Our successful one-to-one college entrance preparation program includes

 

  • one-on-one instruction

  • initial diagnostic exam to determine skill level

  • reading, English, math and science instruction

  • practice exams

  • strategies for all sections

  • skill building lessons

  • sessions focus on each individual's unique needs for success

  • test day recommendations

  • a full mock ACT/SAT practice test

ACT & SAT Test Preparation

 

 

In the Spring of 2016 the Michigan Department of Education transitioned to the SAT as part of the MME.  However, universities equally accept both the ACT and SAT.

 

Below are some of the differences between the ACT and SAT to help you decide which test is right for you.

 

Q. When should I take the test?

 

A. We recommend starting to prep for the exam early in your Junior year.  This will give you ample time to prepare for the test.  Students who wait until Fall of their Senior year find that it does allow enough time to retake the exam if needed.

 

Q. Can I retake the exam if I am not happy with my score?

 

A. Yes.  Both exams can be taken multiple times.  The average student takes the exam at least 2-3 times.

 

Q. Should I take the ACT or SAT?

 

A. All universities in the United States accept both the ACT and SAT.  You should check the admission requirements of the universities you plan to apply to before deciding on which test is right for you.

 

  • The SAT largely examines your reasoning ability, while the ACT is more knowledge-based.

  • If you excel in the sciences, you may want to consider the ACT.  The SAT does not have a science section.

 

Keller Clinic offers FREE ACT & SAT exams that may help you decide.

 

ACT

 

All universities accept ACT scores for admissions and merit scholarships.

 

There are 4 sections: English,  Math, Reading & Science with an optional essay.

 

The ACT is a 2 hours, 55-minute exam; 3 hours, 40 minutes with the essay.

 

There are 4 reading passages, 5 English passages.

 

One science section is given testing your critical thinking skills.

 

Students are tested on Arithmetic, Algebra I & II, Geometry and Trigonometry.

 

The essay results are reported separately.  The essay is now given a scaled score between 1 to 36.

 

There is no penalty for guessing on questions you’re unsure of.

 

Use of a calculator is allowed on all math questions.

 

You are not allowed to use any of the following items as a calculator:

 

  • Laptop, tablet, or a portable/handheld computer

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  • Calculator that has QWERTY (keyboard-like) keypad

  • Electronic writing pad or pen-input/stylus-driven device (Note: The Sharp EL 9600 IS permitted)

  • Cell phone calculator

  • Calculators with built-in computer algebra systems

  • Use of a TI-89 is not permitted and it is the most common reason students are dismissed during the test

 

The essay (optional) will evaluate your ability to analyze complex issues from three perspectives.

 

The ACT.org allows you to specify which scores you want to send to a college for the ACT.

 

Scoring: 

 

The ACT has four sections, sometimes called subject areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Each subject area is given a scaled score between 1 and 36. Those area scores are then averaged into your composite score, which also ranges between 1 and 36.

The scaled scores of between 1 and 36 are converted from your raw scores on each of the subject areas. Your raw score is simply the total number of questions you answer correctly in each section.

The ACT does not take off points for wrong answers.

 

SAT                                                                                                                                                           

 

All universities accept the SAT for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

There are 3 sections: Math, Evidence-based Reading, Writing & Language with an optional Essay.

The SAT is a 3-hour exam; 3 hours 50 minutes with the essay.

There are 5 reading passages.

 

Science is not a part of the SAT exam.

 

Students are tested on Arithmetic, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis.

 

Use of a calculator is allowed for some math questions.

 

You are not allowed to use any of the following items as a calculator:

 

  • Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones

  • Models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smartphone type feature

  • Models that have a typewriter-like keypad, pen-input, or stylus

  • Models that use electrical outlets, make noise or have a paper tape

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  • Calculator function on a mobile phone

  • In addition, the use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator is not permitted. Some models with touch-screen capability are not permitted (e.g., Casio ClassPad). Check the list of acceptable calculators for models that are permitted The essay (optional) will evaluate your comprehension of a source text 

 

The essay (optional) will evaluate your comprehension of a source text.

 

The College Board always sends all of your SAT scores together; with Score Choice, you can decide with SAT scores go to colleges.

 

Scoring:

 

The total score is the best-known score for the SAT. Your total score can range from 400 to 1600 and will be based on the sum of your section scores.

 

You will receive two section scores:

 

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score: 200-800

  • Math Score: 200-800

 

The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score is based on your performance in the first two sections of the test: (Section 1) Reading and (Section 2) Writing and Language.

 

The Math score is based on your performance in the last two sections of the test: (Section 3) math without calculator and (Section 4) math with a calculator.

 

If you take the SAT with Essay, you will also receive three scores for your essay:

 

  • Reading score

  • Analysis score

  • Writing score

 

Each essay score is reported on a scale of 2 to 8. These three scores are not combined with each other or with scores from any other part of the test.

 

The SAT no longer takes off points for incorrect answers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT TESTING UPDATE - Updated: 3-20-2020

The ACT Board has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

 

March and May SAT Administrations:

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.

 

Future Testing Opportunities

College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. We’ll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.

They have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. The College Board is also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

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