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College & Career Center

Welcome to College & Career Center

 

The College & Career Center focus is to ensure that ALL students have access to information regarding secondary educational choices to include 2-year and 4-year colleges/universities, technical/vocational schools, and financial aid and scholarship information.     Students are encouraged to visit the College & Career Center to research college majors, admission requirements and career goals and planning.    Students who plan to attend a college or university will have access to ACT and SAT practice booklets to assist in college readiness and entrance exams as well as an unlimited resource of online study guides.    Students who need the computers to complete school work, college applications are always welcome with a signed pass from their teacher. 

 

The College & Career Center is opened Monday through Friday beginning at 7:30 am until 8:00 am., both lunches and afterschool until 4:00 pm.   

Hello Class of 2019

 
Pre-register at 16
Vote at 18
 

Many students and parents begin the college prep process by comparing the ACT and SAT tests. The SAT and ACT generally cover the same topics. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other.

Compare the ACT and SAT tests

  • ACT includes a Science section
  • SAT includes one SAT Math Section on which you may not use a calculator
  SAT ACT
Why Take It

Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Test Structure
  • Reading

  • Writing & Language

  • Math

  • Essay (Optional)

  • English

  • Math

  • Reading

  • Science Reasoning

Essay (Optional)
Length
  • 3 hours (without essay)

  • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

  • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)

  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)

Reading

5 reading passages

4 reading passages

Science

None

1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)

Math Covers:
  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra I & II

  • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

Covers:
  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra I & II

  • Geometry and Trigonometry

Calculator Policy

Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.

You can use a calculator on all math questions.

Essays

Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

How It's Scored

Scored on a scale of 400–1600

Scored on a scale of 1–36

ACT Vs. SAT