The SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

by Louis Perez

               If you pay attention to the morning announcements, then you must be familiar with Mrs. Corona’s announcements pertaining to the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT. These exams, critical for college admissions, are taken by high school students during the second semester of their junior year and the first semester of their senior year. Most South Gate High School students are eligible to receive two fee waivers per exam.

               The SAT tests students in math and evidence-based reading and writing, and has a grading scale of 400-1600. The SAT with Essay includes an essay portion in addition to the regular exam, which is optional for certain colleges, and should be taken by students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who also have the option of taking the SAT Subject Tests, which test students in specific subjects ranging from mathematics to foreign languages. Each subject test is scored on a 200-800 point scale and are utilized by selective colleges. Khan Academy allows students to study for the SAT by having them sync their accounts with CollegeBoard so that they may review questions from previously taken PSAT and SAT exams. The ACT is a similar exam, but tests students in science in addition to math, English and reading, and has a grading scale of 1-36. Also, a calculator is allowed for all math questions, unlike the SAT. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to take the ACT with Essay.

               All in all, the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT are important when being admitted into college and should be taken seriously by all students who take them. Start studying seniors, good luck!