Standardized Tests

Most colleges require students to submit standardized test scores as part of the application.   There are two college entrance exams, the SAT and ACT.  Colleges accept both.   Students should think about which test is best for them.   At FRCS, students take practice tests for both in 10th and 11th grade. Students can compare scores to determine which college entrance exam (SAT or ACT) is best for them.   In addition to this, FRCS offers the following test preparation:

  • Review of college entrance exams in 9th and 10th grade Achievement Teams
  • Practice sessions with problem sets in Achievement Teams and Junior College Advising class
  • Review of practice test results in 10th and 11th grade seminars
  • SAT prep classes for all juniors in Term 2
  • Free SAT and/or ACT testing on two weekends in March (provided through Princeton Review)
  • Test location for SAT throughout the year

Accessing Scores & Sending Them to Colleges:

Both tests post their scores online. You will be notified through e-mail when your score is available. To send the scores to colleges, which is required, you can select several to send for free when you register.  For additional colleges, you must pay a fee for each college you wish to receive your score.   The scores must be submitted (and received by the college) by your application deadline,  or your application may be considered incomplete or late.  You should request scores be sent at least two weeks prior to your college application deadline.

ACT vs SAT: (the SAT is changed as of March 2016)

SAT:

SAT Subject Tests:

  • Required by the most competitive colleges
  • Required for some majors, such as nursing
  • One hour long; test specific subjects (Lituerature, Biology, U.S. Histort, etc)
  • Must be registered for separately and taken separately from the SAT

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-subject/register/test-dates

How to study for the SAT:

  • Test-prep books with sample questions
  • “SAT Question of the Day” and online practice tests
  • Try to focus on weaknesses in order to be well-rounded

ACT:

    • Skill based test to gauge knowledge
    • Stronger emphasis on math and science
    • Writing section is optional
    • Questions are more straight foreward
    • No points deducted for incorrect answers
  • Register: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/

How to study for the ACT:

  • Test-prep books with sample questions
  • Online practice tests
  • Focus on strengths, as points are not deducted for incorrect answers

Other Test Prep resources and options:

PSAT and Pre-ACT Tests:

PSAT:

  • Practice SAT
  • FRCS pays for all juniors and sophomores to take the test in October each year
  • Score report sent to families
  • Scores reviewed with students in Achievement Teams and Junior Advising class

Pre-ACT:

  • Practice ACT
  • FRCS pays for all sophomores to take the test in the spring each year
  • Score report sent to families
  • Scores reviewed with students in sophomore seminars

PSAT Scholarships:

Taking the PSAT gives students a chance to earn valuable scholarships. Students who earn qualifying scores will be entered for this merit scholarship. In all, 9,600 students of the 1,500,000 will qualify for scholarships, given directly through the PSAT, corporate sponsors, or college sponsors. Recipients will be notified in the beginning of their junior year.