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SAT/ACT Overview 311
SAT/ACT Overview
The SAT measures students’ reasoning and critical thinking skills by asking them to apply what they have learned in high school. The SAT lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes and measures the core reasoning abilities students need in order to be successful in their post secondary school pursuits.
Applying Online You can also register online or by mail for the SAT at You will need Langstaff’s School Code Number in order to register- 826579
To apply to a University or College in the US: Two hundred and fifty five colleges and universities use a common application form, available online at You can apply online to hundreds of schools through the College Board website Some schools will have their applications available on their websites.
The Writing Section (60 minutes): Students will write a short essay and answer multiple choice questions that test how well they use standard written English.
The Critical Reading Section (70 minutes): Formerly known as the Verbal Section. This section will include passages with related questions and sentence completions that test critical reading.
The Math Section (70 minutes): This section will consist of multiple choice and student generated responses. Problems will cover concepts in arithmetic, geometry and algebra. Students are encouraged to use scientific or graphic calculators.
Scores The new SAT has three scores, each on a scale of 200-800. The SAT writing score is completely new and will include an essay subscore and a multiple choice subscore. For the writing section, the essay raw score counts for about 30% and the multiple choice for about 70%.
The Cost The SAT costs 47 USD. The college provides waivers for students from low-income families. SAT Subject tests costs 21 USD.
Free Preparation Resources from the College Board can be downloaded from the website. There are also other resources available for purchase.
ACT refers to American College Testing. The ACT is a national admission examination that is required by many American colleges and universities. Some mid-western American universities prefer ACT, others will only accept the SAT. Please consult with each university/college to determine their preference. To be eligible to play NCAA sports you may write either one. Please see the following website for further details
Be aware that the SAT is the more widely accepted form of testing.
Other Very Important Information You are personally responsible for the application process for American Universities. Guidance however, must rank you and the rigor of the courses you are taking. It is imperative that you research deadlines for admission early. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, and enough time for us to compile the data and submit our portion to the universities. Don’t forget to request transcripts from Mrs. Roberts in advance as they take several days to generate. You must also provide Mrs. Roberts with the addresses of the universities/colleges you are applying to.

American Web Pages

  1. College Connections Scholarships
    College Connection has been listing free college scholarship information, every month, since 1995. New scholarships are posted monthly. This free quality information includes all of the details you need to apply now, including eligibility requirements, deadline, amount, contact name, address, phone number and website of the scholarship sponsor.
  2. This web site is maintained by the US Department of Education in co-ordination with other government agencies. This service gives student access to information about financial aid, career development, education planning, consumer protection, and a wide variety of other topics.
  3. This is a centralized resource for students and parents looking for ways to bridge the college financial gap that exists for many families today. ScholarAid indexes over 500,000 national, state, and local scholarships.
  4. Sports Scholarship Information
    A Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete. If you are a high school athlete serious about pursuing a sports scholarship, this is the site for you. It’s produced by the National Collegiate Athlete Association (NCAA) and will help you understand the ins and outs of applying for sports scholarships.


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