Testing Information

Register online at  actstudent.org

The ACT is a curriculum-based test that is universally accepted for college admission. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, and science. Because the ACT tests are based on what is taught in the high school curriculum, students are generally more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests with narrower content. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The test is just over 4 hours without the Writing Test, including administration instructions and breaks. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes, broken down as follows: English: 45 minutes, Math: 60 minutes, Reading: 35 minutes and Science: 35 minutes. The ACT Writing Test adds 30additional minutes to the testing time. Many colleges will accept the ACT in place of the SAT Subject tests. 

SAT Reasoning Test 

Register online at sat/collegeboard.com

The SAT is made up of three sections, critical reading, math, and writing. The critical reading questions measure your ability to understand what you read and the extent of your vocabulary. There are two 30-minute sections plus one 20-minute section. The mathematical questions measure your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic reasoning, algebra and geometry. There are two 25-minute sections plus one 20-minute section. Calculator use is permitted and there are some questions that do not include multiple answer choices. The writing section consists of one 25-minute multiple-choice section and one 25-minute essay. In the SAT there is also one 25-minute equating section of verbal or math that does not count toward your score. The total test time is 3 hours 45 minutes. SAT scores are to be used, together with your high school record and other information about your academic and personal background, in making decisions about your readiness to undertake successfully study at different colleges and universities. A detailed description of the Stand a complete sample test and answer key are included in Taking the SAT, which is available in the Guidance offices. 

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject tests measure knowledge in a given subject area. When you register, you will be asked to indicate which specific Subject Test you plan to take on the test date you select. You may take one, two or three tests on any given test date; your testing fee will vary accordingly. Your selections at the time of registration are not binding; you may change your mind on the day of the test and select from any of the Subject Tests offered on that day. It is not recommended that you take more than two tests on a given day. If you wish to take an additional test (one that you have not already paid for), you may do so and you will be billed for the additional fee. Subject Tests are required by many of the more competitive schools for admission purposes, but a large number of colleges and universities do not require any of these tests. At some colleges, the scores from these exams are used to place entering students in particular freshman courses. Students should check with individual colleges to see which tests are required, if any, and speak to their guidance counselor to design a testing timetable. **STHS hosts the ACTs and SATs tests throughout the school year. Check the Guidance office for the dates. 

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is designed to measure understanding of spoken and written standard American English and the ability to use English in the classroom and in daily life. It is offered only in November and January. This test is designed for students who attend American high schools and have completed two to four years of English language instruction in an English as Second Language program or in English enrichment courses and/or for students whose best language is not English and/or who usually speak a language other than English at home or work.