ACT/SAT Student Guide
La Vernia High School Guidance Counseling 9/11/2020
What does Covid mean for ACT/SAT?
The College Board has asked colleges to extend deadlines for receiving test scores and to equally consider students for admission who are unable to take the test due to covid-19. College Board is asking member colleges to provide flexibility to students in three ways:
- Accepting scores as late as possible in their process, especially by extending score deadlines for early action and early decision to take some pressure off students and give them more time to test and send their scores.
- Equally considering students for admission who are unable to take the test due to covid-19 as those who submitted scores.
- Recognizing that students who do submit scores may not have been able to test more than once. (e.g., taking into account that students who tested as high school juniors but who could not as seniors would have likely achieved score gains).
Please check with your prospective college and their ACT/SAT requirements as many admission requirements are changing during this time.
ACT COVID Updates
This guide walks parents through the process of preparing their child for the SAT. It includes instructions for signing up for free practice with College Board and Khan Academy.
August 29, 2020
September 26, 2020*
October 3, 2020
November 7, 2020
December 5, 2020
March 13, 2021
May 8, 2021*
June 5, 2021
July 18th, 2020*
September 12, 2020*
October 24, 2020
December 12, 2020
February 6, 2021
April 17, 2021*
June 12, 2021
July 17, 2021
Dates marked with an * are projected campus test site dates.
School Day SAT:
**Rescheduled** (2021 Class): September 23, 2020
April 13, 2021 (2022 Class)
Sending Scores: Score Choice Video
Top 10 ACT/SAT Tips From Peers & School Counselors
1. Get a good night sleep and eat a good breakfast.
"I wish I would have known that a good night sleep the night before the test makes a big difference."-Bryson Padalecki, 2020 Graduate
2. "Study by using an online program or Khan Academy. While studying may not fully prepare students to get a high score, it will definitely help them get comfortable with how questions are formatted on the SAT."-Nicole Utt, 2020 Class Top 10
3. During the test, make sure you answer every question because they will not take points off for wrong answers. If you do not know an answer make an educated guess (SAT).
4. "Also, pay attention to the time you have remaining because you don’t run to run out of time before finishing all the test questions." -Kaitlyn Klepac, 2020 Valedictorian
5. Statistically your score is likely to increase by 2 points for the ACT and 40-80 points on the SAT after each attempt at each test.
6. The SAT has only 3 components which are: reading/ writing, an optional essay, math with a calculator/math without a calculator. The ACT has 5 components that includes: English, math, reading, science and optional writing. If you have strong science skills/aptitudes, it’s recommended that you take the ACT.
7. Most importantly when it comes to choosing which test you want to take please do your research! Become familiar with which schools you are interested in and their minimum test score requirement. This will help you make the best decision. We highly recommend that you take both tests as they are widely accepted and you may do better on one versus the other.
8.Both the ACT and SAT exams have a time limit.
9. Remember to verify with the institutions that you are applying to understand if that particular college requires the writing portion of either the SAT or ACT.
ACT Vs. SAT Which is right for you?
Both the SAT and the ACT are nationally administered, standardized tests that help schools evaluate your application and see how prepared you are for college courses.
Take a quiz to find which is right for you!
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SAT Test Day Check List
What to Bring
- Your Admission Ticket
- Acceptable photo ID
- Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
- An approved calculator
- Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing. For policies on other medications and medical devices, contact Services for Students with Disabilities.
Print Your Admission Ticket
Sign in to your College Board account to print your Admission Ticket. You can’t get into the test center without it.
Nice to Have
- A watch (without an audible alarm)
- Extra batteries and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They cannot be on your desk during the test.
- A bag or backpack
- A drink or snacks (for your break)
- Breakfast before you arrive
What Not to Bring
- Any devices, including digital watches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive, or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content (with the exception of CD players used for Language with Listening Subject Tests only)
- Audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Google Glass, or any other personal computing devices
- iPods or other MP3 players
- iPads or other tablet devices
- Laptops, notebooks, PDAs or any other personal computing devices
- Any texting device
- Cameras or any other photographic equipment
- Separate timers of any type
- Protractors, compasses, rulers
- Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils
- Pamphlets or papers of any kind
- Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
- Food or drinks (except for during breaks), unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities. Learn more about testing with accommodations.
Your school counselor can share a complete list of prohibited devices—just ask to see the Official Student Guide.
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