Standardized testing is a component of a student’s application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and socioeconomic backgrounds. Virtually all standardized tests, including the well-known SAT and ACT tests, aim to capture a student’s aptitude. Other tests may be more specific in purpose – for example, the IELTS and TOEFL aim to assess one’s English-language abilities. As test-taking will be a reality for most students intending to apply to American colleges, this document SAT and ACT FAQ will attempt to explain everything you need to know about the SAT and ACT!
If you’ve decided you need to take ACT or SAT, you need to know that SMUS offers both in-person and online preparatory courses for the SAT and ACT.
In-person prep courses are offered through the SMUS Education Extension and taught by trained Princeton Review staff on our campus. Lessons take place after school and on the weekend, and will offer students the chance to write timed full-length practice tests as part of the prep course.
For the 2015-16 school year, SMUS will offer an SAT prep course beginning in October to prepare for the December exam; another SAT prep course beginning in February to prepare specifically for the new SAT exam in May; and an ACT prep course beginning in April for the June exam.
In addition, SMUS currently offers a guided online self-paced prep course for SAT called PrepMe, available through a student’s Naviance Family Connection account (the link to PrepMe is the left-hand column after you log in to Naviance). It is in an intuitive system that will respond to students’ answers by adjusting the difficulty of subsequent questions.
Beginning in August, an online prep course will also be available for the ACT, called ACT Test Prep (the link will also be found on Naviance). The course uses a personalized learning platform and game-based approach to help students work their way through the various subsections of the test, and progress can be monitored by teachers and counselors.
Though all the information around US college admissions can at times feel overwhelming and unnavigable, the university counselors are always here to answer questions and talk about the best plan of action for your son or daughter. Don’t hesitate to email, call or drop in for a visit!