SAT and ACT

The SAT is offered seven times a year (October–June) and the ACT is offered six times a year (August–June). Geneva students should plan on taking the SAT and ACT in the spring of their junior year. This gives them the option of taking one or both of the tests again—perhaps later in the spring and/or early in their senior year. Some students do better on the SAT and some do better on the ACT.

 

Registering for the SAT and ACT

To avoid paying additional late fees register early. To register for the SAT go to www.collegeboard.com and to register for the ACT go to www.actstudent.org. By registering early you not only avoid late fees, but also have a higher chance of being assigned your first choice test center.

Special Accommodations

The College Board provides testing accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with physical or mental disabilities often require accommodations on College Board tests, including the:

  • SAT
  • SAT Subject Tests™
  • PSAT/NMSQT®
  • Advanced Placement Program®

The College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides a broad range of accommodations, such as Braille tests, large print, and extended time, to students who provide documentation of a disability. The College Board is committed to ensuring that students with physical or mental disabilities receive appropriate accommodations on its tests. Similar accommodations also exist for students who wish to take the ACT.

Please contact Mr. Thigpen in the College Counseling office to discuss your child’s disability and whether or not he or she might be a candidate for accommodations on College Board tests. Submission of an accommodation request must be made to College Board at least four weeks prior to the exam.

Fee Waivers

The College Board offers a fee-waiver service to assist qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the:

  • SAT
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • PSAT/NMSQT
  • AP Exams

Please contact Mr. Thigpen in the College Counseling office to discuss whether or not your family may qualify for the fee-waiver service.

Steps to Success in ACT and/or SAT test taking

  • Take a practice ACT, SAT or SAT/ACT Combo Test to identify which test could best showcase your strengths during the admissions process.
  • Identify which areas you need to improve for your target schools and create a timetable.
  • Use the resources available to you to help with test preparation.
  • Work on your areas of improvement.
  • Take the ACT, SAT, or both based on practice test results and school requirements.

SAT II Subject Tests

  • Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.
  • SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.
  • Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.
  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
  • For more information about SAT II subject test, please refer to the College Board website.

ACT vs. SAT: The Breakdown

To compare the scores of the SAT with the scores of the ACT, see the SAT-ACT concordance tables on the College Board website.

 ACTSAT
Length3 hours, 25 minutes (including the 30-minute optional Writing Test)3 hours, 45 minutes
Sections4 Test Sections (5 with the optional Essay): English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (Optional)10 Sections: 3 critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, (including the Essay), 1 Experimental (unscored)
Reading (ACT) / Critical Reading (SAT)4 reading comprehension passages, 10 questions per passageMix of reading comprehension and sentence completion questions which require vocabulary expertise
ScienceScience reasoning (analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and problem solving)Science not included
MathMath accounts for 1/4 of overall score: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, triganometry (4 questions).Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score: arithmetic, algebra, geometry and algebra II.
EssayLast thing you do (optional); 30 minutes. Not included in composite score.First thing you do; 25 minutes. Factored into overall score.
ScoringTotal composite score of 1–36 (based on average of 4 tests: 4 scores of 1–36 for each test. Score of 2–12 for the optional Essay.Total score out of 2400: 3 scores of 200–800 for each section. 2 sub-scores: 20–80 for writing multiple choice and 2–12 for the Essay.
Wrong Answer PenaltyNo wrong answer penaltyYes, 1/4 point per wrong answer (except for Math Grid-in questions)
Sending Score HistoryYou decide which test date scores are sentYou decide which test date scores are sent
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    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
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  • 6th Gr - TEAM Day

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    Date: September 18, 2019 - September 18, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 18, 2019 - September 18, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • 1st Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: September 18, 2019 - September 18, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • US Mentor Groups

    Date: September 18, 2019 - September 18, 2019
    Time: 9:50 am- 10:35 am
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  • Florence Big/Little Event

    Date: September 18, 2019 - September 18, 2019
    Time: 12:50 pm- 1:20 pm
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September 19, 2019
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    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • 4th Grade Moms Coffee

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 11:00 am
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  • Varsity Boys Golf Home Match vs. Real Life Academy

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • MS Girls Volleyball Away at The Masters Academy doubleheader

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
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  • Girls JV Volleyball Home Match vs. Lake Howell

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Volleyball Home Match vs. Lake Howell

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • 5th Gr - Williamsburg Parent Meeting

    Date: September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
    Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
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September 20, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Progress Reports Sent Home (3rd-6th)

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • 6th Gr - TEAM Day

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:30 pm
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  • 7th & 8th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. Kingsway

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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September 21, 2019
  • 7 & 8 Grade Choirs, Rhetoric Choir & Ladies Choir Retreat

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
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