SAT, ACT, & AP

As students enter their 11th grade year, there are several different types of tests they will need to take, depending upon their college selections.

Spartanburg Day School strongly recommends that students take at least one SAT (and one ACT) their junior year, and depending on results, perhaps additional exams as a junior or senior.

ACT

The ACT test is a “college-readiness” standardized test that serves as an alternative option to the SAT test. Colleges will accept the ACT score in lieu of the SAT score. Spartanburg Day School college counselors recommend that you take at least one SAT test and one ACT test since they vary a bit in content and format.

The ACT includes 5 section grades of English, Math, Science Reasoning, Reading, and an optional essay (requirement varies by college). From each score, an overall Composite Score is determined, based on a scale of 1-36.

Test Registration Dates

Test Registration and Dates: It is the student’s responsibility to pay attention to test dates and registration deadlines. We encourage students to register for a test as early as possible to guarantee their test site preference. Click here to register and to see a list of upcoming test dates.


Scoring

Most students can view their scores online two weeks following the test date. Students can usually expect to receive their official ACT score report within three to eight weeks of their test date, and within five to eight weeks if the writing portion was taken. For seniors applying to colleges in the fall, this test score availability schedule may be useful as you consider your application deadlines.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring their official scores are sent to and received by the colleges to which they apply. Most colleges will accept official scores electronically, but some may prefer to receive official reports by mail. Students must check with their colleges’ admissions guidelines to determine how to send the reports.
  • Students also have the option with the ACT to use “Score Choice,” which allows them to only send scores from certain test dates (rather than all scores). Most colleges will accept “Score Choice,” but it is best to double check on your colleges’ admissions pages, as there are a handful that wish to see all scores.
  • To read further about ACT scoring, sending scores, score choice, and associated fees, please click here.

Practice Resources

There are several resources to help prepare for the ACT.

Printed resources:

  • Practice booklets available in Ms. Wesneski’s room, senior lounge and the Spartanburg County Library.
  • Online PDF of booklet

Online resources:

SAT/ACT Conversion

Though the SAT and ACT tests are different in format and scoring, you may refer to this link to find your ACT score’s comparable range on the SAT scale. This information may help you determine which test scores to submit to colleges.

http://www.studypoint.com/ed/sat-act-concordance/

To Bring

Please click here for a list of items to bring.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP (Advanced Placement) exams are taken at the end of an AP course in May. These courses are designed to be college-level in rigor. Please speak with a course’s instructor or a college counselor to determine if an AP course may be a good fit for you. High exam scores can be used for course credit or course placement in college, depending on the institution.

Test Registration Dates

AP exams take place during the first two weeks in May and are administered at SDS. Though students are responsible for AP test fees, SDS assumes responsibility for registering students for these tests.

Click here for the 2016 test schedule.

Scoring

AP exam scores are typically released during the first week in July.

You will need a College Board account to access your scores. To create an account or to sign in to your account, click here.

Practice Resources

  • Click here for online practice questions and tests from College Board
  • Practice books are available in the senior lounge or Spartanburg County Library.
  • College Board also offers additional resources for purchase.

To Bring

Please click here for a list of items to bring:

SAT Subject Tests

Many selective colleges require or strongly recommend between one and three SAT Subject Tests as part of the admissions process. Often, colleges will let students elect which tests they prefer to take, but some universities may require particular math or science tests for entrance into their engineering or business schools.

Each of these subject tests is an hour in length and measures the achievement in that specific subject area. There are 20 available subject tests, and up to three may be taken on one test date.

SDS recommends that students take subject tests in the spring or summer upon completion of an AP course when applicable, or after consultation with their college counselor and/or teacher in that subject area.

List of Colleges Requiring Subject Tests

Please click here for the list of college requiring subject tests.

Tests Offered & Registration Dates

Test Registration and Dates: Click here for a list of the 20 subject tests offered, and note that not all tests may be offered on each test date. Please click here to register.

Practice Resources

There are several resources to help prepare for the Subject SAT tests.

  • Practice booklets available in Ms. Wesneski’s room
  • Practice books in the Spartanburg library
  • Online PDF of booklet
  • College Board also offers additional resources for purchase

SAT

The SAT is the longest running and likely the most famed standardized test used in the college admissions process. Beginning in March 2016, students will take a redesigned SAT. For more on details on the changes, please read below

Test Registration Dates

It is the student’s responsibility to pay attention to test dates and registration deadlines. We encourage students to register for a test as early as possible to guarantee their test site preference. Click here to register and to see a list of upcoming SAT test dates.

Scoring

Students can usually expect to receive their official SAT score report within 3 to 5 weeks of their test date. For seniors applying to colleges in the fall, this test score availability schedule may be useful as you consider your application deadlines. Click here to receive scores.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring their official scores are sent to and received by the colleges to which they apply. Most colleges will accept official scores electronically, but some may prefer to receive official reports by mail. Students must check with their colleges’ admissions guidelines to determine how to send the reports.
  • Students also have the option to use “Score Choice,” which allows them to select the scores colleges will receive (by test date). Most colleges will accept “Score Choice,” but it is best to double check on your colleges’ admissions pages, as there are a handful that wish to see all scores.
  • To read further about SAT scoring, sending scores, score choice, and associated fees, please click here.

Practice Resources

There are several resources to help prepare for the ACT.

Printed Resources:

  • Practice booklets available in Ms. Wesneski’s room
  • Online PDF of booklet
  • Practice books in the senior lounge or Spartanburg library

Online Resources:

To Bring

Please click here for a list of items to bring.