A Roadmap for Testing Month at SLA

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Junior year can easily be the most difficult year of high school. Some might even say it’s the most important year. Here at SLA the Juniors have a number of standardized tests coming up for the month of October. These tests include the PSAT, ASVAB, Accuplacer, ACT, & SAT. These tests are important for getting into colleges and insuring a bright future.

PSAT
(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The PSAT is a sample test for the SAT that provides a glimpse into how the SAT’s work and how well one might do on it. This test isn’t something that should be agonized over. A bad score is not going to harm anyone. However, an excellent score  opens the door for scholarships, so studying might really pay off. To prepare for this test, studying the current edition of the collegeboard SAT book  is a wise choice. Mr. Bisson also offers help with studying for the math portion of the test.  Click here to practice

ASVAB
(Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB test isn’t a test that can be easily studied for. The purpose of the test is to inform the student on fields in the military they would excel in, as well as how they would rank. It is a military run test and a military representative will proctor the test at the school. It mainly consists of things a student in the eleventh grade would already know, as well as skills students might have acquired on their personal time, such as shop skills. If a future in the military is something the student is interested in they may want to go to the ASVAB website and take some sample questions so they can practice and know what to expect.

Accuplacer

The Accuplacer test determines where a student would be placed in a college class. It’s based on math and English. Students will take the test at the Mt. Wachusett Community College. The test is taken on a computer and requires the student to type a short essay. The purpose of this test is to evaluate the class level the student would most likely be comfortable in. A Wachusett representative will come in and talk to the Junior class to give them more information on the test and help them prepare. You can prepare online.

ACT or SAT?

The official ACT ( American College Testing) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams are both college entrance exams that should be taken seriously and carefully studied for. A good score on one of these tests can secure a student’s future in the college of their dreams. So which one should a student take? It’s really up to them. Both are widely accepted by most colleges.  A student could potentially take both tests just to be safe. Some differences between these tests are that the ACT has a science section and the SAT does not. The SAT focuses a lot on vocabulary and contains a mandatory essay. The ACT essay is optional.  In the end a student should look into the requirements of a few of their selected colleges to determine which test is right for them.

So all Juniors need to do is stay focused and study hard and those standardized tests will be a breeze.

Advertisements

Posted on September 29, 2013, in News, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: