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    Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

    The PSAT is a test taken by freshmen, sophomores and juniors at DAL looking to gain test-taking experience in preparation for the ACT and SAT Exams. The PSAT serves as great practice and taking it could qualify DAL students for the National Merit Scholarship, which could eventually help them save money on college.


    Because the PSAT is only a practice test score, students can identify areas where they need to apply more study time, which may help them prepare for the ACT and SAT Exams more efficiently.


    For more information and to see test dates for the PSAT visit: www.collegeboard.com/psat



    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

    The SAT is a standardized aptitude test that measures a student’s readiness for college. It is made up of three sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math and an Optional Essay. Questions are generally multiple choice, and the Optional Essay will involve analyzing a piece of writing.

    Each section is scored on a scale from 200-800, with a total possible score of 1600. Optional Essay results will be reported separately. Be sure to find out if your colleges of choice require SAT essay scores before you take the test. The SAT is offered seven times throughout the year, and you are given 3 hours to complete it, but the Optional Essay will take an additional 50 minutes.


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    Test Preparation through Khan Academy

    The Khan Academy is a FREE, online tool to help you prepare for the SAT test.  It will help you build a personalized practice program anytime, anywhere.  Through Khan Academy you receive:

    • Full length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips.
    • Thousands of practice questions and video lessons.
    • A tailored practice plan that pinpoints your areas of need.
    • Instant feedback so you know where you stand.

    For more information on this FREE SAT preparation website visit: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat


    Scholastic Aptitude Subject Test (SAT-Subject Tests)

    Formerly known as the SAT II, SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge. Administered separately from the SAT, they are usually only required by extremely selective schools. Of those selective schools, most recommend prospective students take two of the five SAT Subject Tests available: English, History, Mathematics, Science and Languages. The SAT-Subject Tests are constantly updated to stay current with educational trends, but they are always multiple-choice exams about one hour in duration. Many colleges use the SAT-Subject Tests for admission, for course placement and to advise students about course selection.


    More about the SAT Subject Tests visit:http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests


    American College Test (ACT)

    The ACT is a standardized aptitude test designed to measure a student’s readiness for college.The ACT questions are based on standard high school subjects. The test is multiple-choice and consists of four subject areas:

    • English,
    • Mathematics,
    • Reading,
    • Science.
    There is also an optional Writing section, which if chosen, complements the ACT English Test. You should decide whether or not to take the Writing Test based on the requirements of the college or university you plan on applying to.

    The ACT is offered four to six times a year, and the actual test time is just under three hours (not including the optional 30-minute writing section).


    More on the ACT: www.actstudent.org