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STUDY FOR ACT AND SAT

TEST PREP

These resources cost money, and student/parent will need to contact provider individually.

A+ Tutor

Club Z Tutoring

Huntington Learning Center

Kaplan

Mighty B Academy - Bethany Vazquez, mightyblearning.com, @mightblearning_education, 
Math, ACT/SAT Test Prep -
Bethany Vazquez, 817-690-1194

Singing Turtle

Sylvan Learning Center

Tutor Doctor

UNM Continuing Education

Varsity Tutors

Science Tutor - Sharon Barone, 513-309-6176, sharibarone@gmail.com,
Rate: $40/hour


Below are several free or inexpensive online test prep options:

PRACTICE TESTS

ACT 2020-2021 Practice Test (PDF)

SAT Practice Test

AHS Student Practice Test Center ( Password is bulldogs)

TESTING (ACT/SAT)

Make Sure You Take Your ACT/SAT

All schools across the nation accept either the ACT or SAT so it is your choice which one you want to take. You will need to sign up on your own. If you are on Free or Reduced Price Lunch you can get a fee waiver from the Counseling Office. 

Test Optional Schools

Some colleges have elected to go Test Optional for the 2020-21 application cycle. This means, you do not have to have an ACT or SAT test score for admissions. Below is a list posted by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC). It is important to note that schools may be test optional for admissions but may still require a test score for scholarships. It is important to do your research by looking at each website for the schools you are interested in.

IMPORTANT DATES 

ACT TEST DATES

www.actstudent.org

Test Dates                                 Registration Deadlines

Oct. 10, 2020                                  Sept. 17, 2020

Oct. 17, 2020                                  Sept. 17, 2020

Oct. 24, 2020                                  Sept. 17, 2020

Oct. 25, 2020                                  Sept. 17, 2020

Dec. 12, 2020                                 Nov. 6, 2020

Feb. 6, 2021                                    Jan. 8, 2021

April 17, 2021                                Mar. 12, 2021

 

SAT TEST DATES

www.collegeboard.org/sat 

Test Dates                                   Registration Deadlines

Oct. 3, 2020                                        Sep. 4, 2020

Nov. 7, 2020                                      Oct. 7, 2020

Dec. 5, 2020                                      Nov. 4, 2020

Mar. 13, 2021                                   Feb. 12, 2021

May 8, 2021                                      Apr. 8, 2021

ACT and SAT Waivers

Please note that students can receive ACT/ SAT waivers if they are on Free/Reduced Lunch.   If you have not signed up please visit the Link below to fill out an application

*Please note it take up to a week to process and show up in a students account. 

 

Testing

Accuplacer                                                                   

(Taken by 10th, 11th, and 12th graders)

This test includes assessments in reading, English, and math that determine course placement for college course placement.  The University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College use this assessment for dual enrolled student placement if needed

   Practice Accuplacer                            

ASVAB

(Taken by 10th, 11th, and 12th graders)

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multi-aptitude test battery consisting of 10 individual tests.  Students receive scores on each individual test as well as composite scores based on the combination of individual tests.  Composite scores are given in the areas of Verbal, Math, and Academic Ability. Students who would like to join the military need to take the ASVAB. It is also a career exploration test so any student can take it even if they are not interested in the military.

 ASVAB Test: Definitive Guide         ASVAB for Dummies

PSAT

(Taken by 10th and 11th graders. 11th grade testing is National Merit Scholars qualifying year)

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT test.  It is also a pre-qualifier to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship program, National Achievement Scholarships for Outstanding Black Students, and the National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program.  The PSAT provides feedback on student's strengths and weaknesses for study in college.

PSAT Preparation    PSAT 2019 PowerPoint      Interpreting PSAT Scores - RaiseMe

AP

(Taken by 10th, 11th, and 12th graders)

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.  Based on their performance on rigorous AP examinations, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college.  Students are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement exams.  Colleges look favorably at transcripts that have AP courses.  A Department of Education study reports that participation in AP courses is one of the strongest predictors of college success.  AP Courses are open to any student who wishes to enroll.

NOTE:  Each AP course requires a minimum of 1-2 hours of homework each night.  Plan accordingly.

AP Students     AP College Credit Search    College Board    Your AP Scores    Exam Day Policies    Practice AP Site

 ACT

(Taken spring semester of junior year and preferably early senior year)

The ACT Assessment measures academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science.  The ACT is required for entrance to many colleges and universities.  It can be used to determine placement and scholarship eligibility.

Practice ACT              ACT Academy          2019-2020 Practice Test     

2020-2021 Practice Test

SAT

(Taken spring semester of junior year and preferably early senior year) 

The SAT measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills.  The SAT is required for entrance to many colleges and universities.    It can be used to determine placement and scholarship eligibility.

Practice SAT   Khan Academy

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Which Test Should I Take

ALL U.S. COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ACCEPT BOTH ACT and SAT! Submit whichever scores reflect your best performance! Check with the college(s) of your choice regarding their testing policy: do they require you to submit all scores? Just your best scores? Do they superscore (take the highest subsection from every test date to make a new, potentially higher composite score, sometimes even rounding up to the nearest whole number? (e.g., UNM does this.) Will they let you submit improved test scores that qualify you for a higher scholarship, after you've already been awarded a scholarship based on your lower test scores? (Some colleges do). Do they require the ACT or SAT optional writing section?  When in doubt, ask the college admissions or scholarship/financial department!

ACT WRITING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The 40-minute ACT writing test is optional, and is required by some U.S. colleges & universities. (At this time (Fall 2019), the ACT writing section is NOT required by any of our in-state colleges.)  Signing up for the ACT writing test adds an extra $16.00 to the cost of the test, for a total of $68.00. 

SAT WRITING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The SAT writing section/essay is optional. Check with the college(s) of your choice to see if it is required. When in doubt, err on the side of signing up for and taking the essay portion.  Adds $15 to the cost of the test, bringing it to $64.50.

ACT/SAT SCORE CONCORDANCE

Click here for how the scoring of the two tests relate.