Rite of Passage | Taking the SAT and ACT exams
February 16, 2010
For college-bound Tahoe-Truckee high school students, SAT and ACT entrance exams are an important springtime rite of passage.
According to Truckee High School counselor Paul Christiansen, high school juniors must take an SAT or an ACT college entrance exam if they wish to apply to a four-year university next year. Fortunately, fee waivers are available for high school students who cannot afford to pay the test fees that range from $31 to $47.
and#8220;Ninety-nine percent of the four-year colleges in California require student applicants to take either the SAT or the ACT,and#8221; he explains.
North Tahoe High School counselor Penny Burney says it is crucial for juniors to sign up for the test dates as soon as possible.
and#8220;If a student is planning to go to college these tests are mandatory,and#8221; she adds. and#8220;These tests are different than any other tests that students are familiar with, such as the STAR testing and the high school exit exams. Itand#8217;s a different and#8212; and valuable and#8212; experience.and#8221;
According to the SAT website, most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of junior year and then retake the exam during the fall of senior year. Understandably, most students improve their scores the second time around.
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Preparation for the ACT and SAT exams starts long before a student sits down to fill in the bubbles with the regulation #2 pencil. Students who take college preparatory or high-level classes during high school typically have a leg up in college entrance exams.
Both testing programs have helpful websites that offer great free on-line study resources; http://www.act.org or http://www.collegeboard.com. Students can also register for the exams via these sites. Additionally, both programs have pre-tests that give students a good idea of which areas might need to be studied more.
Before the test get a good nightand#8217;s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and take snacks to revive and refresh during breaks.
For more information on the ACT and SAT exams, contact either North Tahoe High School counselor Penny Burney at 581-7003 or Truckee High School counselor Paul Christiansen at 582-2606.
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