2020-2021 SAT and ACT Information

  • ACT Test Dates

    ACT dates

    SAT Test Dates

    SAT Test Dates

    Scroll down for Test FAQs!

     

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    ACT:

    Got to act.org to register

    If you have free/reduced lunch, you qualify for SAT waivers. You take the test FREE. Contact a counselor or the college adviser.

    ACT Waivers will cover registration for a max of 2 ACT Tests.

    All 11th grade students take the ACT for free during the school day at SLHS in February.

     

    SAT:

    Go to sat.collegeboard.org to register.

    If you have free/reduced lunch, you qualify for SAT waivers. You take the test FREE. Contact a counselor or the college adviser.

    Waivers will cover the following:

    • Registration for a max of 2 SAT Tests
    • Registration for up to 2 SAT Subject Test administrations—these tests are usually optional but can help with your application to highly selective colleges

     

  • Standardized Testing FAQs:

    Q: As a result of COVID, are more colleges now having test scores be an optional part of college applications, rather than required?

    A: Yes. Find a list of all test-optional colleges here: http://fairtest.org/university/optional You should still submit your test scores if they will benefit your application, but this should take some of the pressure off if your scores are lower than average for a college you're applying to. If you're not sure whether or not to retake a test and/or submit your scores, let Ms. Beroset know (fberoset.sl@lee.k12.nc.us) and she can offer some guidance.

    Q: How can I improve my scores?

    A: By studying and practicing! Studying consistently for about 30 minutes every day for a month before your test can SIGNIFICANTLY increase your score, especially if you were not well-prepared the first time you took the test. Both ACT and SAT have some very common topics and tricks to improve your score. Ms. Beroset has a small number of test books you can borrow, but there are also free online resources. Khan Academy and College Board offer free SAT prep, and ACT offers free ACT prep.

    Q: What is a "good" test score?

    It depends on what your goals are. A perfect score on the ACT is a 36, and a perfect score on the SAT is a 1600. The vast majority of students, however, do not get a perfect score! Generally, you want your score to be at least average when compared with students who are accepted to the college you're applying to. To find out median ACT/SAT scores for colleges in NC, visit "UNC System Deadlines" on this website. For any college, you can look at the website Niche.

    Q: What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

    The ACT has 4 sections: English, Reading, Math, and Science. The SAT has 2 sections: Math and Reading/Writing.

    They are about the same length and are both held on weekend mornings. Both have an optional Writing section. The ACT costs $46 without writing, and $62.50 with writing. The SAT costs $49.50 and the SAT with Essay costs $64.50.

    Some people do better on one or the other. My anecdotal observation is that people who test better in math score comparatively higher on the SAT because Math is 50% of your score, compared to 25% on the ACT. People who are better at reading tend to perform better on the ACT. But there might be other factors that impact your performance that are hard to predict, so it's always wise to take both tests if you are applying to 4-year colleges.

    Q: How do I know whether to take the Essay section (to take the test "with Writing"?)

    A: Some colleges require the Writing section and some do not. In general, you should take each test with Writing at least once in case you decide to apply to a college that requires the Writing section. 

    Q: Do I have to take the SAT if I know I'm only applying to community college?

    A: No. Community colleges will never have a minimum test score or selective admission, EXCEPT if you're applying to specialized programs (typically programs in the medical field).