Testing and Test Preparation (ACT and SAT)
Evening With the Counselors: ACT Presentation - December 1, 2015 (PDF)
ACT information/online registration
College search/PSAT/SAT/Advance Placement
The SAT vs. the ACT
Below is an explanation of the standardized tests students typically take at Tremper High School.
PLAN: Administered to all sophomores at Tremper. The PLAN is a national test that assesses academic development in writing, math, reading and scientific reasoning. Results include an estimated ACT score. Registration is not required; the PLAN is given to students during the school day.
Practice ACT: Administered to all sophomores in April at Tremper. The Practice ACT is a retired ACT exam that students will take to prepare for the ACT that is administered in their junior year. Registration is not required; the Practice ACT is given to students during the school day.
ACT (American College Test): The ACT is a widely used college entrance exam, usually taken by Tremper juniors. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The score range is 1-36. The multiple-choice tests will cover four skill areas: English, math, reading and science. ACT offers an optional fifth test, writing, that measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The essay cannot be taken separately. The writing portion of the exam might be required for admission, depending on the university. Therefore, we recommend that your student takes an ACT with the writing section at least once. Students are required to register on their own for the ACT.
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test): The PSAT/NMSQT is an optional standardized exam that provides practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and result in an estimate SAT score. It gives juniors the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to the top 1% of scorers nationally. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. This exam is recommended for Tremper juniors; although sophomores may elect to take the exam as a practice (sophomore scores will not count towards National Merit Scholarship qualifying). The PSAT/NMSQT is administered in October and students are required to register for this exam.
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test): The SAT is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. The SAT assesses analytical and problem-solving skills learned high school that is needed for college. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, plus two writing sub-scores for multiple-choice and the essay. The tests include critical reading, math and writing. There are additionally SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) that are only required by select schools and most students will not have to take. Tremper students typically take this test in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year and are required to register on their own for this test.
Standardized Testing Preparation
Although many of the standardized tests that are administered at Tremper High School do not require advanced preparation because they are designed to assess the student’s academic progress, there are test taking tips that might be beneficial for some students.
There are many test preparation resources for other standardized tests that are taken for college entrance, such as the ACT and SAT, however.
ACT Test Prep Opportunities
- The Real ACT Prep Guide
The official ACT prep guide—the only one that includes five actual retired ACT tests—each with an optional Writing Test.
- ACT Online Prep see your counselor for log in information
- ACT Question of the Day
Each day we post a new ACT Test practice question.
- Preparing for the ACT (PDF; 80 pages, 1,075KB) or Preparación para el examen de ACT (PDF; 86 pages, 1.18MB)
A free student preparation booklet available from most high schools and colleges—includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt with sample essays.