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THE UPCOMING PSAT - INFORMATION


This year, the test will be given on Wednesday, October 10th during the school day. 
 
Every 10th grader will be taking the test, with the cost being covered by the school. Any 9th or 11th grade student who is interested in taking the PSAT, will need to bring $16, cash only, to the counseling office once the tickets go on sale in September to reserve a spot. This test is a great way for students to prepare for the SAT, which should be taken at the end of the junior year.

By taking this test now, students will be able to see how well prepared they are for the SAT, and they will be able to link their results with the Khan Academy to create a personally tailored SAT prep program--for free!! Additionally, 11th grade students will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program if their scores are in the top 3% of the student who take the test.


Please see your counselor if you have any questions.
 
 

ACT VS SAT

  
 

NEW SAT VS. ACT

 
 

THE NEW SAT


ACT BACKGROUND

Getting Started with the ACT



FREE PREP-FACTORY ACT MATERIALS


Prepfactory.com is sharing their completely FREE ACT prep site (recently showcased on FreeTech4Teachers & being used by more than several hundred other schools), which features:

- 99th percentile instructors
- thousands of practice questions
- gamification elements to keep kids engaged

Here's a special invite link if you'd like to check it out: www.prepfactory.com/invite

(and here's the link to the FreeTech4Teachers feature: FreeTech4Teachers)
Prepfactory is looking to help the thousands of kids who can't afford the hundreds of dollars for a Kaplan-type prep class.
 


ACT KAPLAN ONLINE PREP LIVE CLASSROOM


ACT and Kaplan Test Prep are combining their experience and expertise to offer ACT® Kaplan Online Prep Live, a live online classroom delivering courses that will help empower students to be better prepared for success in college and career.

Online Prep Live is designed to make a meaningful difference in how students perform—both in school and on the ACT® test—by adding a dynamic interactive learning experience with high-quality, hands-on teaching to the existing ACT Online PrepTM platform. Students can engage in live, interactive learning anywhere, anytime on any internet-connected device. All courses also will be recorded and subsequently available on demand. And Online Prep Live will be available at no cost to students who register for a national ACT test date with a fee waiver.

Online Prep Live will be available this fall.

As part of ACT's partnership with Kaplan, they are also offering several free online events to all students. The events include:
 
  • Understanding Your ACT Scores and What to Do Next 
  • Introduction to STEM Concepts 
  • Introduction to English Language Arts (ELA) Concepts
 
More information about the free online events and ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live can be found at www.act.org/news/announcement



UNDERSTANDING YOUR PSAT RESULTS

 
Please go to this website and watch the helpful video

 

NY TIMES ARTICLE ON THE NEW SAT


Last year, the Times covered the changes on the new SAT. Read this for more background.
 
 
One highlight from the piece:

How should students prepare? By reading often and diving into various kinds of texts, especially nonfiction, tutors say. That’s more a long-term strategy than a quick test-prep trick. Habitual reading can also help on the writing section, which will demand prolonged concentration. To answer questions about grammar, punctuation, and usage, students will have to wade through extended passages relating to history, humanities, and science.


What’s true of the writing section is true of the new SAT in general: There’s much more to read. “The most fundamental change is that there are many, many more words,” said Aaron Golumbfskie, education director for PrepMatters. “If you don’t read well and happily, this test isn’t going to be your friend.”