Washington Catholic will make every effort to offer a school day administration of the SAT, but it is the responsibility of the student to ensure they complete this test and achieve the necessary score for their school(s) of choice. We will communicate if/when we are able to schedule a school day administration, but you should plan to take the test on one of the days it is offered. You may take the test more than once – taking the test earlier in the year would allow you to try it a second time if you need to improve your score!
Khan Academy offers free online SAT test prep. You can link your College Board account with your Khan Academy account for personalized recommendations based on your PSAT performance. Khan Academy provides videos and text explanations for skills the PSAT and Khan’s activities indicate you need for improving your SAT score. Full-length practice exams are available, too – free! Access test prep and tips from Khan Academy here: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
In addition to the SAT, colleges and universities also look at ACT scores. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other, both tests cover (generally) the same information, and neither is harder than the other. Some students find they do better on the SAT while others seem to do better on the SAT. One key difference between the ACT and SAT is the ACT also includes a Science Reasoning section that tests your critical thinking skills (not your science knowledge).
Starting in September 2020, ACT will offer individual section retest options, online testing with faster results, and superscoring. (**Superscoring works by taking your best scores on various sections across multiple test administrations. If you take the ACT twice, your best score on each section will be used for your overall score. You may also do this with the SAT.**)
ACT Academy is an online, personalized practice tool designed to help students study and achieve their highest possible ACT scores. This service is free to join. This service does not require inputting personal information, but it also doesn’t connect to your scores automatically so you will need to have your score report handy to enter if you have previously taken the ACT or PreACT. Learn more about and join ACT Academy here: https://academy.act.org/
Once we are able to schedule, Washington Catholic will arrange to administer the PSAT at school in the fall for all Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. This date is usually in October for Sophomores and Juniors, but Freshmen may take the PSAT in the Spring.
The Indiana Department of Education with pay the $16 fee for Sophomores to take the test
There will be a $16 charge for Freshmen and Juniors
To be considered for the National Merit Scholarship, Juniors MUST take the test in the fall of their Junior year. Taking the test as a Sophomore will not make a Junior eligible.
It is important that you use our school code (153695) when you register for the SAT, ACT, or PSAT so that we receive your scores and can put them on your transcripts!
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