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What Are College Entrance Exams?

College entrance exams are assessments that colleges and/or universities use such as SAT or ACT along with your GPA, extracurricular activities, and high school involvement to determine if you are accepted into their institution of higher learning.

SAT 101

  • The SAT is a multiple- choice pencil and paper test used as a college entrance exam
  • Nearly every college or university in U.S. uses SAT scores to measure a student’s college readiness skills.
  • The SAT takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete, including three short breaks.

SAT Scoring

  • SAT scores range from 400 to 1600 points
  • The lowest possible score you can get is 400
  • The highest possible score is 1600
  • To fulfill the performance acknowledge criteria a score of 1250 reading/math combined is needed.

When Should I Take the SAT?

According to College Board, “Most students take the SAT during the spring of their junior year of high school. Many students choose to take the SAT a second time in the fall of their senior year after becoming familiar with the test day experience.”

2017 SAT Test Dates

SAT Registration Dates – Register on or before May 23, 2018

SAT Test Dates – June 2, 2018

SAT Prep & Sample Questions

SAT Practice

Daily SAT Practice Twitter

ACT 101

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests.

  • The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions
  • The test takes 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)

ACT Scoring

  • Your overall score and each individual test score (English, Math, Reading, Science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high).
  • The overall score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest number.

2018 ACT Test Dates

ACT Registration Dates – Register on or before May 18, 2018

ACT Test Dates – June 2018

Side By Side Comparison

SATACT
SAT is administered seven times per yearACT is administered six times per year
There is NO penalty for wrong answers There is NO penalty for wrong answers
The test is scored by 400-1600 per section, added together for a combined score The test is scored by 1-36 for each test, averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible composite score.
The test is structured by math, reading, writing and language. Essay is optional. (Many school require the essay).The test is structured by a four-test exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An Experimental section is added to tests on certain dates only, and is clearly labeled experimental; the Writing Test (essay) is optional.
The test content is:Math: up to 9th grade basic geometry and Algebra II.Science: none.

Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension.

Writing: an essay, and questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice.

The test content is:Math: up to trigonometry.Science: charts, experiments.Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.
English: stresses grammar; an optional essay.
For more information:Educational Testing Service (ETS)
(609) 771-7600
The College Board
For more information: ACT, Inc.
(319) 337-1000

ACT Prep & Sample Questions

Graduation Plans:

Foundation Plus Endorsement(s) – 26 Credits

  • 4 credits in English
  • 4 credits in Math
  • 4 credits in Science
  • 4 credits in Social Studies
  • 2 credits in World Language or Computer Programming
  • 1 credit in Physical Education
  • 1 credit in Fine Art
  • 5 credit in Health
  • 5.5 credits in Electives

Graduation Plans:

Distinguished Level of Achievement – 26 Credits

  • 4 credits in English
  • 4 credits in Math- Algebra 2 must be one of the math credits
  • 4 credits in Science
  • 4 credits in Social Studies
  • 2 credits in World Language or Computer Programming
  • 1 credit in Physical Education
  • 1 credit in Fine Art
  • .5 credit in Health
  • 5.5 credits in Electives

5 Endorsements

Students can Graduate with one or more

  • STEM- Science, technology, engineering and math
  • Business/Industry- Arts, Business, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Public Services- Education and Training, Health Science, Human Services
  • Arts/Humanities- Social Studies, World Languages, Fine Arts
  • Multidisciplinary Studies- Allows a student to select courses from the curriculum of each endorsement area and earn credits in a variety of advanced courses from multiple content areas.

Dallas County Promise

  • All students graduating from Newman Smith High School that meet the promise deadlines will receive:
  • Funding to pay the full cost of tuition for up to 3 years or degree completion at any college within the Dallas County Community College District.
  • Transfer scholarships available to UNT Dallas and SMU, with more universities coming on board soon
  • College Success Coach support
  • Students must maintain academic eligibility to keep the Promise Scholarship
  • Promise scholars who meet financial requirements and have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship which will cover the cost of textbooks

Senior Profile

  • Available from Ms. Langley in the counselor’s office or online: Senior Profile used for recommendation letters (college and scholarship letters)
  • Parent and student portions need to be completed

Applying to College

Apply Texas

Common App

DCCCD

Dual Credit/AP Scores:

Send scores to colleges

Paying for College: FAFSA

  • The FAFSA must be filled out for Financial Aid.
  • Register for pin numbers NOW! One for parent and student required.
  • Keep all logins and passwords in an organized place.
  • FAFSA needed for 4 year schools, Community Colleges and sports scholarships.

FAFSA

  • Apply starting October 1st–
    • Taxes from prior year are accepted.
  • Deadline for FAFSA: March 1st
    • Applicable for many larger Universities
    • Check your school’s FAFSA deadlines
    • Must be done as early possible for sports scholarships
  • All Colleges/Community Colleges have Financial Aid offices that can help you and your family fill out the FAFSA forms (no matter what school you plan to attend

TASFA

  • The financial aid website for students who are not US Citizens
  • Student I-20 number will be needed for registration.
  • All students can register for financial aid.
  • All Colleges/Community Colleges have Financial Aid offices that can help you and your family fill out the TAFSA forms (no matter what school you plan to attend).

Scholarships – Free Money!

ASVAB

  • Military Interest/Career Inventory
  • Sign up to test
  • Testing Date: In October- Date will be announced
  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program
  • See Mrs. Schneider if interested

Military

Unsure About College or Military?

Companies that will hire high school graduates: