One of the main components for competitive entrance into a 4-year university is a student’s score on a standardized assessment. In fact, it is a requirement for most U.S. Universities.
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The two main assessments accepted by most universities are the SAT and the ACT, both designed to yield the maximum score during the spring of a student’s junior year. Here is a great article to determine some overall differences between the two: SAT v ACT
Registration for the SAT can done through CollegeBoard’s SAT website.
The SAT is a 3 hour and 45 minute exam that consists of 10 subsections ranging over three sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing. The design of the assessment is to measure literary, writing & analytical skills to determine academic success in college. Scores range from 200 – 800 on each of the main sections for a total possible score range of 400 – 1600. Combined with a student’s GPA and course selection, universities use SAT results to get a quantitative picture of a student. Results from the SAT are further broken down into subcategories.
Please look at the College Board’s website for numerous benefits of taking the SAT: Why Take the SAT
For 2021-22, the SAT is offered according to the schedule on their website.
Registration for the ACT can take place through ACT’s website.
The ACT is a 3 hour and 5 minute exam that consists of 4 subsections: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning (with an optional writing section). The design of the assessment is to measure general educational development and capacity to complete college-level material; to determine “college readiness.” Scores range from 1 – 36 on each section for a total possible score range of 1 – 36. Combined with a student’s GPA and course selection, universities use ACT results to get a quantitative picture of a student.