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12 - 18 months prior to U.S.study:

        The SAT, full-length practice tests, and sample questions, visit the SAT website.

        The SAT Subject Tests, including free practice questions, visit the SAT Subject Test website.

        The ACT and free test preparation materials, visit the ACT website.

 

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The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) lists four-year colleges and universities that place less emphasis on standardized tests for admissions decisions.

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Most college and university catalogs and admission materials quote average scaled scores for each institution.

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Be sure to check with the institutions to which you are applying to see if they require the ACT writing section.

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Register early and plan to take your admissions tests at least 12 months prior to the date you plan to begin your studies in the United States.

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Three main tests play a role in the admissions review the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.

 

Most colleges and universities in the United States require the SAT or ACT for admissions. Remember, application requirements vary, so be sure to confirm which test(s) you must take with the institutions to which you plan to apply.

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The SAT Reasoning Test is a multiple- choice test that measures your critical reading, writing, and mathematical abilities.

        The SAT is divided into:
A reading section that includes reading passages and sentence completions.
A writing section that includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
A math section that includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.

        Each of the three sections is scored on a scale from 200 to 800. The highest possible combined score on the SAT is 2400.

SAT Reasoning Test

SAT Subject Test

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SAT Subject Tests are multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge in specific subject areas.

        The SAT Subject Tests currently offered are:
English: Literature
History: U.S. History and World History
Mathematics: Level 1 and Level 2
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Languages: French, German, Spanish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Korean

        The SAT Subject Tests are also scored on a 200-800 scale.

The ACT is a curriculum-based multiple- choice test that measures knowledge on subjects typically taught in U.S. high schools.

        The ACT measures student achievement in English, math, reading, and science reasoning, and also has an optional writing section.

        Students receive a raw score”—the total number of correct responsesfor each of the four subject areas. That number is converted into a scaled score from 1 to 36. Then, the scaled scores are added together and divided by four to calculate a composite score. Overall composite scores range from 1 to 36.

Admissions Tests

Which test is right for you?

First, find out which test is required by the schools where you plan to apply. If both the SAT and ACT are accepted, you can choose which test to take. Take an SAT practice test and an ACT practice test, and compare your scores using this table. Then, you can make plans to take the test that you will score best on.  

Also think about:

        What are your best subjects? Students stronger in science and math may benefit from taking the ACT because it tests science reasoning and trigonometry.

        What format do you prefer? The SAT has shorter, more varied sections, and the ACT has longer sections.

        What is the availability and location of testing centers?

        What testing dates are available?