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If you are interested in learning more about and applying to American colleges and universities, speak with your guidance counsellor and make sure to attend the U.S. College Expo at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Students planning on attending must pre-register at uscollegeexpo.com

 

Students applying to American post secondary school must also write a S.A.T. Students are strongly recommended to acquire a copy of the S.A.T. preparation guide, and to take a S.A.T. preparation course.  Visit www.PREPSKILLS.com for a list of preparation sessions, test dates, and other relevant information.

 

Visit www.uscollegeexpo.com to register.

 

 

SAT vs ACT
 
 
OLD SAT
NEW SAT (SPRING 2016)
ACT
Description
The new SAT will require similar skills and test similar content to that of the ACT and current SAT. Many of the changes to the new SAT's format will make it look a lot like the ACT, but the SAT will retain its focus as an aptitude test. Among the biggest changes to the SAT are a sharper focus on critical-thin king, an emphasis on real-world problems, a new scoring system, and an overhaul of the essay section. Overall, the redesigned SAT will place a bigger emphasis on problem-solving and understanding context. Comparatively, the ACT will remain more of an achievement test, requiring a broad knowledge of many concepts, as well as considerable speed and endurance.
Format & Length
10 short sections:
  • 3 Critical Reading; 3 Mathematics;
    3 Writing (including Essay);

    1 experimental (not scored)
  • Questions have 5 answer choices
  • Total testing time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
5 long sections (comprising 3 "tests" and an optional essay):
  • Writing 8. Language; Reading;
    2 Math; Essay
  • Questions have 4 answer choices
  • Total testing time: 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
5 long sections (comprising 4 "tests" and an optional essay):
  • English; Mathematics; Reading; Science; Writing (optional essay)
  • Most questions have 4 answer choices (Math has 5)
  • Total testing time: 3 hours, 25 minutes (with essay)
Scoring
Combined score: 600-2400
  • Critical Reading: 200-800;
    Math: 200-800;

    Writing: 200-800
  • Writing score comprised of Multiple Choice and Essay subscores.
  •  -point deduction for incorrect answers
Combined score: 400-1600
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200-800; Math: 200-800
  • Essay score reported separately
  • "Cross-Test Scores" report performance on Science and History/Social Studies across entire test
  • No deduction for incorrect answers
Composite score: 1-36 (average of 4 tests)
  • English: 1-36; Math: 1-36; Reading: 1-36; Science: 1-36
  • Writing score not factored into Composite score
  • Combined English/Writing score provided separately: 1-36
  • No deduction for incorrect answers
Writing /
English
Identify and correct errors in single sentences
  • standard English grammar and usage
  • punctuation not tested
Limited and predictable set of errors
Revise and edit a piece of writing for, logical structure. and effective rhetoric
  • standard English grammar and usage
  • punctuation
  • logical structure
  • effective rhetoric
  • include informational graphics
Revise and edit a piece of writing for, logical structure, and effective rhetoric
  • standard English grammar and usage
  • punctuation
  • logical structure
  • effective rhetoric
  • commonly confused words
Math
Arithmetic, Algebra I and II, Geometry
  • apply core math skills to solve mostly non-standard, "tricky" problems
  • formulas provided
10 Grid-In questions (no answer choices)
Pre-Algebra through basic Trigonometry
  • strong emphasis on Algebra
Calculator prohibited on one Section
12 Grid-In questions (no answer choices)
1 Extended Thinking question (4 points)
Pre-Algebra through basic Trigonometry
  • math tested in straightforward manner
  • extensive range of concepts tested
  • emphasis on word problems
  • formulas not provided
Reading
Vocabulary-based sentence completions
Total of 7 short and long reading passages
  • many inference, tone, purpose questions
  • questions follow order of passage
Vocabulary de-emphasized
4 long passages and 1 paired passage
  • 2 passages include diagrams/charts
  • 1 passage from U.S. "founding document"
4 long passages
  • very little emphasis on vocabulary
  • straightforward questions that require close reading of passage
  • order of questions is random
  • less time per question
Science
The current SAT does not have a Science section.
The new SAT does not have stand-alone Science section, but Science questions will be included throughout the Math, Reading, and Writing & Language tests.
40 questions distributed over 7 passages
  • emphasis on charts, diagrams, etc.
  • Science is a reasoning test - rarely requires prior science knowledge
Essay
25 minutes, always the first section
  • broad theme
  • can be approached formulaically or creatively
50 minutes, always the last section
  • analyze a passage and evaluate authors reasoning and rhetoric
  • students' opinions discouraged
  • Essay is scored on 2-8 scale on three traits (Reading, Analysis, and Writing)
30 minutes, always the last test
  • narrow topic "relevant" to high school students
  • demands a more structured response
  • optional, but required by most schools

 

 

Useful Resources:

 

​International Student

Resources to help international students who want to study in the USA, and for anyone interested in international education. 

Brain Track

A complete directory of accredited campus and online colleges in the USA.

​NCAA

A membership-driven organization dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of student athletes and equipping them with the skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and throughout life. Learning through sports is supported by integrating athletics and higher education to enrich the college experience of student athletes.

College Board

An organziation that connects students to college success and opportunity. Helps students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and success - including SAT and Advanced Placement Program.

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