Standardized Testing

ACT Tests

ACT

PreACT 8/9

Taken during Freshman year during the school day

Given at SHHS in the Fall semester

Great practice/preparation for the ACT test

Allows students to experience a standardized testing environment

College/Career planning through an interest inventory given before the test

Students will get their score report, & test booklet back

PreACT

Taken during Sophomore year during the school day

Given at SHHS in the Fall semester

Great practice/preparation for the ACT test

Allows students to experience a standardized testing environment

College/Career planning through an interest inventory given before the test

Students will get their score report, & test booklet back

ACT

Typically taken during Junior and/or Senior year

Spring semester the state of Kansas pays for all Juniors to take the ACT, this test will be during the school day

Taken other than the free date during Junior year, the National Test dates are select Saturdays throughout the year at various locations

Students must create a MyACT account

PreACT

PreACT

PreACT

PreACT

Preparing for the ACT Test

Full-length Practice Test - Test Information - Test-taking Strategies - Test Day Expectations

ACT College & Career Readiness

CB

PSAT

What is the PSAT and Why Should I Take It?

The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholars Program (NMSQT), only when taken during the student's Junior year. When students take the PSAT/NMSQT test their Freshman or Sophomore year it does not qualify for National Merit Scholars Program but is a great opportunity to practice the test.
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.

Test Details

Cost is typically around $20, PSAT?NMSQT is given once per year in October, given during the school day.

See Mr. Skaggs for more information.

Test Comparisons

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

SAT
3 1/2 hours including the optional 50 minute essay

PSAT
​2 hours & 45 minutes

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

Reading
- 52 questions
​- 65 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
- 60 questions
- 60 minutes
- 5 choice-multiple choice
- Pre-Algebra through Trigonometry

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

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

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

Writing and Language
- 44 questions
- 35 minutes

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

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

No Science

No Science

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

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

No Writing

Scoring
- No penalty for incorrect answers
- Subject area scores are scaled
- Composite score is an average of subject area scores
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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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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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PreACT

Test Prep

Practice testing materials are available for students wanting to take the PreACT-ACT-SAT-PSAT

KS State Express Library - Click here for free ACT practice tests.

ACT Test Prep - Click here

The counseling center has ACT practice test booklets available.

SAT Test Prep: http://www.chegg.com/test-prep/sat

ACT Test Prep: http://www.chegg.com/test-prep/act

The ACT, SAT, & PSAT websites have free materials available and links are above.

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has testing materials for practice.

Barnes and Noble and Amazon have books available for purchase at your cost.

Sylvan Learning Center has tutoring sessions available at your cost. More information can be found at this link: http://www.sylvanlearning.com/prep/act-test-prep