Test Preparation

"Test Preparation" submitted by SchoolGrantsfor Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 25th July 2011

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Information Derived from KAPTEST.COM

Please visit Kaplan.com or KAPTEST.COM for in-depth information on assessment tests. The two major college entrance examinations administered in the United States today are the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing Assessment (ACT). These tests are designed to allow college admissions officers to judge all students by a common measurement. Scores can compensate for differences in high school curriculum, grade inflation, and quality of teaching. In addition, they serve as a reliable predictor of how you will perform academically in your freshman year of college.


The SAT is designed to test your math, vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. The test has three math, three verbal and one experimental section. The math and verbal sections each have their own question types, and you can distinguish the difference easily. The experimental section is used to try out new questions. You will not know which section is experimental and the questions will not be counted on your score. The SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 for both the math and verbal sections. The College Board sets the average for all test takes at 500 for each section. A perfect score on the SAT is 1600.


The American College Testing Assessment (ACT) is designed to test your skill levels in English, math, reading and science reasoning. The English, reading and science sections include several reading passages with anywhere from 5 to 15 questions per passage. The math section includes 60 questions -- each with five possible answer choices. There are 12 separate scores on the ACT: 1 composite, 4 subject scores and 7 sub-scores. The composite, or scaled, score is the most important. It ranges from 1-36. Nearly half of all test takers fall in the 17-23 range.

Test Day Readiness:

Remember to:

  1. Bring what you need for the test. Your admission ticket is a box of sharpened #2 pencils, a calculator with new batteries, and a watch to keep track of time.
  2. Make sure you are ready. Don't study after 8:00 p.m. the night before. Get some rest. Go to bed at a decent hour and layer your clothing (who knows what the room temperature will be like.)
  3. Don't freak out over a question. If you don't know the answer, move on. If you still don't know the answer after coming back to it, give it your best guess.