ACT Test Format
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The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:
The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test.
The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT with writing).
Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).
The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.
What's the Difference?
1. ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.
2. The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.
3. The ACT has a Science section, while the SAT does not.
4. The ACT tests more advanced math concepts.
5. The ACT Writing Test is optional on test day, but required by many schools.
6. The SAT is broken up into more sections.
7. The ACT is more of a "big picture" exam.
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So, what's a good score? Check out the score requirements for the college you want to attend. At Gilmer High, we celebrate with students who achieve a 1700 on SAT or 25 on the ACT with a t-shirt and posting to Counselor's Bulletin Board.
SAT Test Format
Download and take a real, full-length practice test. Watch videos showing step-by-step solutions to problems you missed or found challenging, and get even more practice with unreleased questions from real SATs provided by College Board.
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What's the PSAT?
Basically, PSAT checks your readiness for the SAT. When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you’re automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.
The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.
The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.
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You can take the test as many times as you want so don't stress. Take it, study, and take it again.
— Kayla ,GHS Class of 2016
The higher the score the more scholarships, which means more moneyyyyy!
— Jake, GHS Class of 2016
Do it now, fam!
— Alexa, GHS Class of 2016
Take your ACT or SAT early, that way you can see where you are and work on your score.
— Quentin, GHS Class of 2016