ACT/SAT/PSAT

ACT

Test Dates:

October 23, 2021

December 11, 2021

February 12, 2022

April 2, 2022

June 11, 2022

July 16, 2022

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Shawnee Heights School Code:  172-883

SAT

SAT Dates

October 2, 2021

November 6, 2021

December 4, 2021

March 12, 2022

May 7, 2022

June 4, 2022

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PSAT

What is the PSAT and Why Should I Take It?
The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholars Program.  
7,400 National Merit Scholarships of three types and approximately 1,200 Special Scholarships will be awarded every year; these 8,600 awards will have a combined value of more than $43 million.  A complete list of corporate and college who participate in the National Merit Program may be found at http://nationalmerit.org/Merit_Sponser_Leaflet.pdf.
What are my Chances?
1.5 million students take the PSAT every year, about 50,000 receive some sort of National Merit recognition, such as Commended Scholar, Semi-Finalist, Finalist, or National Achievement Scholar. The top ½ of 1 percent who take the test become National Merit Scholar Finalists, the top 3% are recognized as Commended or Semi-Finalists.  This is based on the high score in your state for the year, so winning scores change from year to year, winning scores in Kansas have typically been around 220.  

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Test Comparisons

ACT
2 hours & 55 minutes
3 hours & 22 minutes (with writing)

English
- 75 questions
- 45 minutes
- 4 choice-multiple choice
- Usage/mechanics questions
- Rhetorical skills questions

Math
- 60 questions
- 60 minutes
- 5 choice-multiple choice
- Pre-Algebra through Trigonometry

Reading
40 questions
- 35 minutes
​- 4 choice-multiple choice
- Comprehension and Reasoning

Science
- 50 questions
- 35 minutes
​- 4 choice-multiple choice
- Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving

Writing (optional)
- 1 essay
- 40 minutes
​- Prompt given

Scoring
- No penalty for incorrect answers
- Subject area scores are scaled
- Composite score is an average of subject area scores
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SAT
3 1/2 hours including the optional 50 minute essay

Reading
- 52 questions
​- 65 minutes

Math
- 2 sections
1. No Calculator
- 20 questions
- 25 minutes
2. With Calculator
- 38 questions
​- 55 minutes

Writing and Language
- 44 questions
- 35 minutes

No Science

Writing (optional)
- 1 essay
- 50 minutes
​- Prompt given

Scoring
- No penalty for incorrect answers
- Raw score is determined by the number of questions answered correctly (one point per answer)
- Raw score is turned in to a scaled score
- Scaled scores are added together
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PSAT
​2 hours & 45 minutes

Reading
- 60 minutes
- 47 questions
- 5 passages: 1 literature, 2 history/social science, 2 science
- 1-2 graphs
- 1 passage will include compare/contrast
- Questions go in order that they appear in the text
- Difficulty of questions is random
- 4 choice-multiple choice
- Text evidence and graph questions

Math
- 2 sections
​1. With Calculator
- 27 questions
- 45 minutes
- 4 grid-ins
2. No Calculator
- 13 questions
- 25 minutes
- 4 grid-ins
- Emphasis on Algebra and Stats

Writing and Language
- 1 section
- 45 minutes
- 4 passages
- 11 questions per passage
- Questions are in random order of difficulty
- 4 choice-multiple choice
- Evidence based reading with questions involving editing

No Science

No Writing

Scoring
- No penalty for incorrect answers
- Math makes up half of the score
- Reading and writing combine to make up the other half
​- Raw score is determined by the number of questions answered correctly (one point per answer)
- Raw scores are turned in to section scores
- Section scores are added together
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