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Get prepared for the SAT and ACT

With SATs and ACTs around the corner, juniors are scrambling to get prepared and are working tirelessly to achieve the score they desire. Both test scores will be used for admissions and merit-based scholarships, so students should make sure they are prepared.

In order to take the ACT on Dec. 12, it is crucial for students to sign up by Nov. 6. That signup deadline is coming around the corner, so students should consider signing up now. If need be, there are more test dates in February, April, June and July. The deadline to sign up for the SATs varies, but the earliest test takes place on Nov. 7, with the registration deadline of Oct. 7.

The difference between the SAT and ACT lies within the criteria. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is scored on a scale of 400-1600, while the American College Testing (ACT) is scored on a scale of 1-36. While the SAT and ACT both differ in test structure, both are relatively the same in terms of topics and time. Sophomores are required to take the PSAT and will take it for free. However, juniors must pay a fee of $50 in order to take these tests. Up to four fee waivers are available for those who qualify for free/reduced lunch. To get these, eligible students should visit Michele Fulmer in Rm. 5-331.

“I’ve been studying for the SAT and getting prepared so I can get the score I want,” Chole Jarman ’22 said.

Walking into the test with no preparation wouldn’t be such a good idea. Studying beforehand would ensure confidence and lower stress. If feeling unprepared, Rebecca Lewis of the Student Success Center recommends Khan Academy as a terrific way to “remind yourself of topics you may not remember.”

For more information about these tests, students should visit the Student Success Center at RHS located in 6-204. Lewis has information to help make their year successful and the college admissions process less stressful.

“If looking to apply to college, now is the time to start really looking at the steps you can take to be successful and prepared, and one of those steps is preparing for the SAT and ACT,” Lewis added.

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