ACT and SatInformation and PreparationHigh School Code: 443603
College Entrance Examinations
The purpose of the college entrance exams is to provide the college admissions officers with a common measure of ability in order to understand and compare applicants from varying educational backgrounds. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing Program provide that common measure of ability. The admission office may use a formula that combines your SAT I or ACT score with your high school grade point average (GPA) to determine your probability of success on the campus.
The first step in the college application process is to take either the SAT or the ACT.
You are encouraged to take either the ACT or SAT by the end of your junior year (advanced students may be ready earlier) and once again if higher scores are desired early in your senior year, usually by the October or November test date. Register online (SAT - College Board Online http://www.collegeboard.com or ACT http://www.act.org Or you may obtain the registration bulletins for these tests in the counseling office. Pa y close attention to the deadlines for registering. On the registration form you will need the Summer Creek School College Board Campus code (443603) to ensure we receive a label of your test results for your transcript. The test is given on a Saturday morning at a local high school or college. Prior to the test date you will receive an admissions ticket through the mail. If you registered online, they will send you an e-mail admissions ticket to print up at home. Take this ticket and Photo Identification with you to the test center. You will not be admitted without these. These tests may be taken more than once. The highest one day score will be accepted in most cases, but check the college catalog to determine how the university or college handles additional scores.
Reporting Admissions Test Results
Most colleges want an official report sent directly to them from the testing agency. It is your responsibility as an applicant to report your SAT I, SAT II or ACT scores by indicating colleges as score recipients on the registration form or by completing additional Report Request Forms (included with your results, or you can do it on-line) for colleges or scholarship programs you did not include before.
Other College Placement Exams
SAT II's consists of one-hour subject tests sometimes used in admissions and/or may be required for college placement. Check with the college of your choice. Some schools exempt students from course requirements or give advanced standing on the basis of subject tests. Registration can be done on-line or pick up the SATII booklet from the counselor or the College Resource Center for a mail-in registration form. Schedules are in the booklet and on-line. http://www.collegeboard.com/sat/center2/html/indx000.html
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS (AP)
Through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities. Go to: http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy to see what your college will accept. Or, you can look in the college catalog, usually in the "credit by examination" section. While some students not enrolled in AP courses in high school may take the AP test and do well, this generally requires work beyond the normal classroom requirements. Check Humble ISD High School Curriculum Handbook (given to the student spring of every year) for AP courses offered. For more information about AP Credits and schedules for the exams, try http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/students Registration for these exams takes place at the high school in the spring. Schedules for the exams are available on-line and from the counseling office.
There are plenty of resources for each of these exams, in the public library, on-line (see our internet resources page), the College Resource Center, and the bookstore. These include study guides with sample tests, and test taking strategies that are very helpful. It is to your ADVANTAGE to be familiar with the test before entering the examination site. Several programs help students prepare for the PSAT/SAT/ACT. Short term strategies for preparing for both exams including sample testing and knowing the format of the test by answering the following questions:
Official SAT PracticeGet the app
- Do I understand the directions? Save time figuring out directions during the test by knowing them ahead of time.
- How is the test organized?
- What kinds of questions are asked?
- What terms and concepts are used?
- How is the test timed?
- How is the test scored?
On-line SAT/ACT RegistrationSee Calendar page for deadlines or click on websites belowProvides an online study program to help students prepare for standardized tests, improve school work and review materials.
Huntington Learning Center
http://kingwood.huntingtonlearning.com/ 2714 W Lake Houston Parkway - 1-1 tutoring for SAT/ACT with certified teachers Cost is $70/ hour. 281-360-0030.
SAT/ACT Preparation Books and Products
The Official SAT Study Guide by The College Board ISBN: 0874477182
Cracking the SAT, 2007 Edition (College Test Prep) (Paperback) by Princeton Review ISBN: 037576545X
How to Prepare for the SAT : 2006-2007 (Barron's How to Prepare for the Sat I (Book Only))
Kaplan SAT, 2007 Edition: Premier Program (Kaplan Sat (Book and CD-Rom)) by Kaplan ISBN: 1419541838
Gruber's Complete Preparation for the New SAT, 10th Edition by Gary Gruber ISBN: 0060581700
The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT by ACT Staff ISBN: 0768919754
Cracking the ACT, 2006 Edition (College Test Prep) (Paperback) by Princeton Review ISBN: 0375765239
How to Prepare for the ACT (Barron's How to Prepare for the Act American College Testing Program Assessment) ISBN: 0764123009
Kaplan ACT 2006 with CD-ROM (Kaplan Act (Book & CD-Rom)) (Paperback) by Kaplan ISBN: 0743265742
Vocabulary Accelerator by Defined Mind: www.defmind.com $25.00 Teaches SAT/ACT vocabulary -CD song and literacy guide.