A Test Prep Review

imagesWhether you’re just beginning, or have already started preparing for standardized tests, plan to use your summer break to study for the SAT, SAT IIs or ACT.

Start by choosing the test that’s best for you.  Understand the differences between the SAT and the ACT , including the format and material being tested, as well as how the tests are scored.   Preparing for a standardized test involves more than studying the particular subject. To get your best results, you’ll want to develop your own test taking strategy. The best way to do this is to get comfortable with the test format and learn how to pace yourself and manage your timing. Take as many practice tests as you can, with a timer set, and in a quiet place without distractions, to simulate the real test conditions.

This is how the tests are currently scored:


  • Correct answer = +1 point
  • Incorrect multiple choice answer = 0 points subtracted
  • Omitted answer= 0 points subtracted


  • Correct answer = +1 point
  • Incorrect answer = 0 points subtracted
  • Omitted answer= 0 points subtracted

Whether you’re planning to prepare for the college standardized tests on your own, in a group class or with a tutor, be sure to take advantage of the many free tests available through the resources listed below.



Although the new SAT was launched in March 2016, most colleges will accept both the new and old SAT scores for the next few years. If you’ve taken both versions of the test, use the SAT Score Converter to decide which scores to submit with your applications. To understand more about the newest version of the SAT, read up on the redesigned SAT on the College Board website.

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