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SAT & ACT Results’ Night What you need to know now about the SAT and ACT. Presented by Sylvan Learning.

SAT Reasoning Test

  • Critical Reading 1 25 minutes
  • Math 1 25 minutes
  • Experimental Section 25 minutes
  • Critical Reading 2 25 minutes
  • Math 2 25 minutes
  • Essay 25 minutes
  • Writing 1 25 minutes
  • Writing 2 10 minutes
  • Critical Reading 3 20 minutes
  • Math 3 20 minutes
  • Total test time = 3:45

SAT Scoring

    • 1 raw point for each correct answer.
    • Loss of 1/4 raw point for each incorrect answer.
    • No penalty or gain for omitted questions
    • Scaled score 200-800.
    • Overall score is the sum of 3 sections.
    • Can take test multiple times and take the highest score overall or sometimes from each section and combine for the best score (cherry-picking).
    • Essay score between 2-12.

Breaking Down the 2015 SAT

  • SAT Critical Reading
  • SAT Mathematics
  • SAT Writing

SAT Critical Reading: What is it Really Testing?

  • Passage Based Reading
    • Long, often uninteresting, and dense passages
    • Become as familiar as possible with these types of passages
    • “in line” strategy
  • Sentence Completion
    • Testing vocabulary

The Official SAT Question of the Day

  • Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
  • The meeting lasted more than five hours as participants -------- the presentation of the speaker, gradually polarized into factions, and, by the end, were further from -------- than at the start.
  • a. aided…harmony
  • b. interrupted…a consensus
  • c. denounced...a scandal
  • d. ended…an argument
  • e. encouraged…disagreement
  • (from www.collegeboard.com)

SAT Math: What is it Really Testing?

  • Math
    • Basic math concepts
    • There is little difficult math on the SAT, but the test itself can be difficult
    • If you are lost with the formulas, find a simpler approach
    • Difficulty level strategy

SAT Math: Example Question.

  • 20. What is the maximum number of points a circle and triangle can share?
    • A. 2
    • B. 3
    • C. 4
    • D. 5
    • E. 6

SAT Math: Example Question.

  • Well, it must be three, right? Too easy!

SAT Math: Example Question.

  • 20. What is the MAXIMUM number of points a circle and triangle can share?
    • A. 2
    • B. 3
    • C. 4
    • D. 5
    • E. 6

SAT Math: Example Question.

  • The answer is SIX. (choice E).

SAT Writing: What is it Really Testing?

  • Improving Sentences
    • Tests ability to correct sentences with mistakes
    • Tests ability to identify most effective and grammatically correct expression of ideas
  • Essay
    • Looks for strong opinion and good organization
    • No “right” or “wrong” answers, but opinion should be backed by appropriate examples from: personal experience, current events, history, etc.

SAT Writing: Example Essay Prompt.

  • Carefully consider the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment that follows.
    • Cell phones have arguably made it easier for people to stay in touch. Some warn, however, that having a cell phone on vacation is a big mistake because it allows people to contact you at a time when you are simply trying to relax and have a good time.
  • Assignment: Are advances in technology making the world a better place? Plan and write an essay in which you convey a point of view on the issue presented. Make sure you support your position with reasoning and examples from your reading, studies, personal experiences, or observations.

SAT Scores Mean Scores in Recent Years.

  • Year Reading Math Writing
  • 2006 503 518 497
  • 2008 500 514 493
  • 2010 500 515 491
  • 2012 496 514 488
  • 2014 497 513 487
  • SOURCE: The College Board

Redesigned SAT (2016): Overview

  • 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
  • Components
    • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
      • Reading Test
      • Writing and Language Test
    • Math (calculator and calculator-free parts)
    • Essay (optional)
  • Score ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately

Redesigned SAT (2016): Important Features

  • Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success.
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact.
  • Essay tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores).

The “Other Animal” Out There: The ACT.

  • Total Test Time: 2:55 – 3:25
  • Total Test Time: 2:55 - 3:25
  • Subject
  • Time
  • English
  • 75
  • 45 min.
  • Mathematics
  • 60
  • 60 min.
  • Reading
  • 40
  • 35 min.
  • 40
  • 35 min.
  • Essay (optional)
  • 1
  • 30 min.

ACT Scoring

  • 1 raw point for each correct answer
  • No penalty for incorrect answers
  • No penalty for omitted questions
  • Scaled scores range from 1-36
  • Composite score is the average of individual scores of 4 subtests
  • The optional essay is scored separately and ranges from 2-12

Breaking Down the ACT

  • ACT English
  • ACT Math
  • ACT Reading
  • ACT Science
  • ACT Writing-optional

ACT English: What is it Really Testing?

  • Usage/Mechanics – 40 Questions
    • Punctuation – 10 questions
    • Grammar and Usage – 12 questions
    • Sentence Structure – 18 questions
  • Rhetorical Skills – 35 Questions
    • Style – 12 questions
    • Organization – 11 questions
    • Strategy – 12 questions

ACT Math: What is it Really Testing?

ACT Reading: What is it Really Testing?

  • One passage from each area:
    • Prose fiction – short story or excerpt from longer fictional work
    • Humanities – art, music, literature, theatre
    • Social Studies – History, politics, sociology
    • Natural science – Biology, chemistry, astronomy
  • Followed by 10 questions

ACT Science: What is it Really Testing?

  • Science
    • 7 Science passages followed by 5-7 questions each
    • Topics include biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, meteorology, physics
    • 3 types: Data Representation, Research Summary, Conflicting Hypotheses

ACT Writing: What is it really testing?

  • There is no “right” or “wrong” answer
  • Take a strong stand
  • Developed essay to include: opening paragraph, body paragraphs, closing paragraph
  • 3 “academic” examples
  • Avoid hypothetical examples

ACT Scores Mean Scores in Recent Years.

  • Year
  • Comp.
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • 2006
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 2008
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 2010
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 20
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • 21
  • Indiana
  • 21.9
  • 21.1
  • 21.9
  • 22.3
  • 21.6

ACT vs. 2015 SAT

  • Scores based on total correct answers
  • Scaled between 1-36 per section
  • Overall score is average of 4 sections
  • “Score Choice”
  • Essay optional
  • Scores based on correct answers minus incorrect answers
  • Scaled between 200-800 per section
  • Overall score is sum of sections
  • “Score choice”
  • Essay is mandatory

Which Test to Take

  • Factors to Consider
  • The one that the student does better on!
  • Testing schedule
  • In general, SAT favors strong verbal students while the ACT seems to favor strong math and science students
  • Test anxiety issues? The score penalty for the SAT may increase anxiety

What is a Good Score?

  • Depends on the following:
    • The school to which you are applying.
    • The scores of the other students applying to that school.
    • How cheaply you want to go to that school.
  • A list of SAT and ACT scores for popular schools is included in your packet.
  • College Admissions Factors

Why Entrance Exams are Important

  • For Students
  • Creates level playing field
  • Chance to make up for sub-par effort in high school
  • Adjusts for grade inflation
  • Chance to earn scholarships $$$$$$
  • Helps predict student success
  • Chance to separate one student from another

How Much Does College Cost per Year?

  • Public universities: $20,000
  • Private universities: $40,000
  • Elite private universities: $50,000+

The Best Part-Time Job Out There For High School Students.

  • Most schools offer annual merit-based scholarships from $1,000 to $10,000 or more based in part on SAT & ACT scores.
  • A Sylvan Prep course is 34 hours, including the practice tests.
  • Independent study and homework - 34 hours.
  • Three actual exams taken - 12 hours. (80hrs.)
  • ($4,000-$40,000+) / 80hrs = $50 to $500 per hr.

College is Worth It!

  • Estimated lifetime earnings by education level:
    • High school grad: $1,300,000
    • Some college: $1,600,000
    • Bachelor’s degree: $2,400,000
    • Professional degree: $4,400,000
    • *Source: US Census Bureau.

When Do You Take The SAT or ACT?

  • Sophomore Year, Spring Semester at the earliest.
  • Junior Year at the latest for a first-time test.
  • Senior Year, October at the latest to be eligible for merit scholarships.

How Can Sylvan Help? SAT/ACT Prep

  • Comprehensive SAT/ACT Prep Class – Our group course meets for 6-8 weeks. It includes 2 practice tests and instruction in all areas of the SAT/ACT that covers strategies and concept review. 3 of 4 students who take this prep course have raised their SAT score 160 points or more and their ACT composite score 4 points or more. $695.
  • Individual SAT/ACT Tutoring – Individualized instruction for as few or as many hours desired is available at both centers.

How Can Sylvan Help? HS and College Prep

  • Advanced Reading Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Math Skills: Pre-Algebra through Calculus
  • Homework Support: Math, Sciences, Social Studies, Language Arts, Foreign Languages

Resources

  • Greenwood Sylvan Franklin Sylvan
  • Kassie Knerr, Center Director Shawn Sullivan, Center Director
  • 8729 US Highway 31 S. 598 Ironwood Dr. (on US 31 S.)
  • Indianapolis, IN 46227 Franklin, IN 46131
  • 317-888-0438 317-346-6604
  • sylvan1801@comcast.net franklin@gosylvan.com
  • Other Useful Resources:
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • www.act.org
  • nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search


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