ACT/SAT/PSAT

ACT

Test Date

September 12, 2020
September 13, 2020 (Sunday)
September 19, 2020

October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020 (Sunday)

December 12, 2020

February 6, 2021

*April 17, 2021

*June 12, 2021

July 17, 2021

Regular Deadline

August 31, 2020

September 25, 2020

November 6, 2020

January 8, 2021

March 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

June 18, 2021

Late Fee Required

No late fees

No late fees

November 7-20

January 9-15

March 13-26

May 8-21

June 19-25

Photo Upload/Standby Deadline

September 4, 2020

October 2, 2020

December 4, 2020

January 29, 2020

April 9, 2021

June 4, 2021

July 9, 2021

* Test Dates for Shawnee Heights High School
Sign up: ​
www.actstudent.org/start
Shawnee Heights School Code:  172-883

SAT

SAT Date

August 29, 2020

September 26, 2020

October 3, 2020

November 7, 2020

December 5, 2020

March 13, 2021

May 8, 2021

June 5, 2021

Subject Tests Available

SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date

SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date

Registration Deadline

July 31, 2020

August 26, 2020

September 4, 2020

October 7, 2020

November 5, 2020

February 12, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 6, 2021

Late Registration Deadline

August 11, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

August 18, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

September 15, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

September 15, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

September 22, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

October 20, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

October 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

November 17, 2020 (for mailed registrations)

November 24, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone)

February 23, 2021 (for mailed registrations)

March 2, 2021 (for registrations made online or by phone)

April 20, 2021 (for mailed registrations)

April 27, 2021 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 18, 2021 (for mailed registrations)

May 26, 2021 (for registrations made online or by phone)

Deadline for Changes

August 18, 2020

September 15, 2020

September 22, 2020

October 27, 2020

November 24, 2020

March 2, 2021

April 27, 2021

May 26, 2021

Visit www.sat.collegboard.org to register, or for more information. 

Practice testing materials are available for students wanting to take these tests

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.  

See Mr. Skaggs for more information.

 

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
- For more specific information: 
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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
- For more specific information: 
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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
- For more specific information: 
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