2018-2019 Testing Calendar
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|October 6, 2018||September 7, 2018||September 8, 2018||August 12, 2018|
|November 3, 2018||October 5, 2018||October 27, 2018||September 28, 2018|
|December 1, 2018||November 2, 2018||December 8, 2018||November 2, 2018|
|March 9, 2019||February 8, 2019||February 9, 2019||January 11, 2019|
|May 4, 2019||April 5, 2019||April 13, 2019||March 8, 2019|
|June 1, 2019||May 3, 2019||June 8, 2019||May 3, 2019|
SAT Reasoning Test (www.collegeboard.com)
The SAT test is used by colleges as one of the assessment factors in the admission-selection process. It is a test offered by the College Board. SAT includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The SAT has an optional essay component, which some colleges will require (UC’s). SAT questions focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research. The test is approximately 3 hours + 50 minutes with the essay. There is a composite score range of 400-1600. All U.S colleges accept the SAT and there is no penalty for wrong answers.
SAT Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.com)
Not all colleges require SAT Subject Test scores as part of their admission assessment. Make sure to check individual college requirements. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. Each Subject
Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale. Subject Tests measures you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.
The ACT test is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc. There are four ACT sections: English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. The ACT also includes an optional 40-minute Writing Test. Some colleges may require that you complete the ACT Writing Test (UC’s). You can confirm each college's admissions policies on the school website. The ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes long. If you choose to take the ACT with essay, the test will be 3 hours and 35 minutes long. Each section of the ACT is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale. our composite ACT score is the average of your four section scores, also on a scale from 1 to 36. If you take the ACT with Writing Test, you will receive a separate score on the Writing Test. All U.S Colleges accept the ACT and there is no penalty for guessing on answers.
Should I take the ACT or the SAT?
Most colleges and universities will accept scores from either the SAT or ACT, and do not favor one test over the other. That said, college-bound students are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT. Changes made to the SAT in 2016 have made it easier than ever to prep for both tests concurrently—and earn competitive scores on both! The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT, or both tests is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test of each type. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you
determine which test is a better fit. *Most high school students take the ACT, SAT, or both during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. It's important to leave time to re-take the test if you need to raise your score before you apply to college. Community College admission does not require taking admission testing, placement in classes is based on high school transcripts.
Accommodations - Students with Disabilities:
Students with documented disabilities may be granted accommodations. Talk to your school counselor before test date for approval
Eligible students who demonstrate financial need can receive up to two fee waivers for the SAT, up to two waivers for the SAT Subject Tests, and two waivers for the ACT. See your School Counselor for waivers.
PSAT 8/9 (9th Grade) and PSAT/NMSQT (10th/11th grade)
October 10, 2018
All SVUSD high schools will conduct the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 10. Please stand by for upcoming emails which will provide further details about this day.