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TEST PREP

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Sheldon High School and Kaplan Partner to Provide Students With Test Prep

Kaplan "Practice With A Purpose" Program

Take a FREE pop quiz, 20--minute workout, or a full proctored practice test to help prepare for upcoming SAT or ACT exams.  Students can sign up and select an option, or take all three if they choose!  For each test or quiz a student signs up for, Kaplan is donating a Kaplan Test Prep scholarship to a student in need.  

Visit Kaplan's new free online practice resource hubhttp://ktp.events/sacreno

 

A strong SAT or ACT score can open doors to more colleges and scholarships. Invest in your student's future by enrolling him or her in a Kaplan SAT or ACT course with an expert teacher.  Visit the website for information about various test prep programs.

www.kaplanatschool.com/sheldon

Take a FREE - PSAT, SAT or ACT - "On Demand" Course Online.  Sign up and get your free Promo Code on the website. 


 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy Free Online Test Prep

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization started by Salman Khan in 2008.

Khan Academy's mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.  All resources are completely free forever, regardless of whether you're a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, or adult returning to the classroom after 20 years.

Online materials cover subjects ranging from math and finance to history and art.  With thousands of bite-sized videos, step-by-step problems and instant data, Khan Academy provides a rich and engaging learning experience.  You can earn points and gadges along the way, and coach others as well.  Sign up and that the math pretest, then practice and level up your skills!  Or choose from thousands of lessons to learn something new.  Then on your profile, select your avatar and show off your badges. 

Where Do I Begin? How Should I Get Started?

  1. Start by taking a Tour of the Site
  2. Select a topic from the "Learn" menu or do a search for a topic of your choosing!  Or practice your skills using the Math Knowledge Map.  Start at Addition1, or explore on your own. 
  3. Profiles:  Log in to see your badges and track your learning progress. 

SAT and ACT 2016-2017

Sheldon School Code:   052792

A necessary component of an admission application is a college admission test score.  Most colleges and universities will not process an application without one.  The two national tests are the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and the ACT (American College Test) – and almost all four-year colleges and universities in the nation accept either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores equally.  Because research indicates that many students perform quite differently on the SAT and the ACT, it may benefit students to take both tests since colleges typically use the higher of the two scores for admission, scholarship, and athletic eligibility. It is recommended that students take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their Junior Year, and again in the fall of their Senior year.

 SAT

The SAT Test is a 3-hour test (plus an additional 50 minutes for optional Essay) that asks you to apply a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills most important for college and career readiness. The test consists of  2 required sections: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math, and provides a 3rd additional optional Essay section.  It is used by college admissions officers as a supplement to the secondary school record.

 

The SAT Test fee for the 2016 - 2017 school year is $45.00  without the Essay Option and $57.00 with the Essay Option.  Fee Waivers are available to high school juniors and seniors (limit 2) who demonstrate financial need.  See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

Registration can be completed online at www.sat.org/register (credit card required) or by mailing in the registration form available in the Career Center 

The SAT Subject Tests are a battery of one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests that measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge  Students take the SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history and social studies, mathematics, science, and languages.  It is recommended that Subject Tests be taken at the completion of a particular course or series of courses related to the subject area.  (Required  in addition to the SAT Reasoning and/or ACT by some private and out-of-state colleges.)  Visit the website or pick up an SAT Registration Bulletin in the Career Center for information on Subject Test Fees.  Fee Waivers for the Subject Tests are available to 9th – 12th high school students who demonstrate financial need (limit 2) See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

SAT Test Dates during the 2016-2017 school year: 

                            Registration Postmark         Late registration Deadline

Test Date                    Deadline                             ($28.00 Late Fee required)       

Oct. 1                           Sept. 1                                     Sept. 20                                               

Nov. 5                          Oct. 7                                       Oct. 25

Dec. 3                          Nov. 3                                      Nov. 22

Jan. 21                         Dec. 21                                    Jan. 10

March 11                      Feb. 10                                    Feb. 28

May 6                           Apr. 7                                       Apr. 25

June 3                          May 9                                       May 24

                     

Seniors must test by December or earlier (some colleges require testing to be complete in October).

SAT and SAT Subject Tests can not be completed on the same test date. Students wishing to complete both tests must register for 2 test dates – one for each test.           

ACT

The ACT is a group of tests administered by ACT and required or recommended by most colleges as part of the admission process.  Tests measure educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.  Students may register for one of two Test Options: the ACT or ACT Plus Writing which includes a 30-minute Writing Test.  Check the website  for a list of institutions that recommend, require, or do not need the results from the ACT Writing test.

Students may register online at www.actstudent.org (credit card required) or by completing the mail-in registration packet available in the Career Center.   

The ACT test (No Writing) fee for the 2016-2017 school year is $42.50.  The ACT Plus Writing fee is $58.50. Fee Waivers are available to high school juniors and seniors (limit 2) who demonstrate financial need.  See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

ACT Test Dates during the 2016-2017 School Year:

                             Regular Registration         Late Registration Deadline

Test Date                      Deadline                           ($ 27.50 Late Fee required)

Sept. 10                        Aug. 5                             Aug. 19                                                

Oct. 22                         Sept. 16                           Sept. 30

Dec. 10                         Nov. 4                             Nov. 18

Feb. 11                         Jan. 13                            Jan. 20

April 8                           Mar. 3                              Mar. 17

June 10                         May 5                              May 19

THE LAST TEST FOR SENIORS IS DEC. 

PSAT/NMSQT

Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test -  

Where:            Sheldon High School

When:             Wednesday October 19, 2016 / 7:15 a.m.

Cost:                $15.00 for Juniors and Freshmen

ALL SOPHOMORES WILL TAKE THE PSAT AT NO CHARGE TO THE STUDENT. Sophomores do not need to sign up for the test.  PSAT Bulletins and practice materials will be distributed to Sophomores in class.

JUNIORS and FRESHMEN sign up by paying fee at the Student Store during Lunch starting SEPT. 19 through OCT. 3   The  PSAT Bulletin and Practice Test will be provided to each student when they register and pay the fee at the Student Store

*Fee Waivers available to eligible JUNIORS.  See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center

PRIOR to the test date, read over the Student Bulletin and complete the enclosed practice test.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. McCabe in the Career Center.

Materials to Bring on testing day:  

  • Two sharpened #2 pencils

  • Student ID Card

  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator

PSAT is given only once a year.

All Juniors and Sophomores are encouraged to complete the PSAT.

Freshmen with strong Algebra I, Geometry, and English skills are also encouraged to take this test.

The PSAT/NMSQT is designed to focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research:

  • Assess your Evidence Based Reading & Writing, and Math skills

  • Get specific suggestions on how to improve your academic skills

  • Prepare for the SAT with a free personalized study plan

  • Enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for recognition and scholarships

  • Request free information from colleges and universities

PSAT/NMSQT Online Resources contains information about the test and sample questions.  Visit www.collegeboard.com/psat for more information

 

View the PSAT Parent Night Powerpoint presented at Back-To-School Night:   PSAT Parent Night PP.ppt