Test FAQs

Which test should I take?
Most colleges and universities will accept either the SAT or the ACT. Students will want to take the test that is most appropriate for them and gives the best results. However, it is always best to check with the college or university to be certain that you take an acceptable exam. For example: many colleges and universities in Kentucky require an ACT over an SAT. If in doubt, check with your guidance counselor.

When should I take an SAT or ACT?
Typically, students will take an SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year. Many students will begin the college application process early during their senior year. It is a good idea to have a set of scores before the senior year begins. If you are not happy with your scores, you can retest in the fall.

What is a passing score?
For the most part, there is not a defined passing score.

The more competitive colleges and universities are looking for a certain score as an admission requirement. Many of these colleges and universities also require the SAT II Subject Tests. Again, you need to check with your college choice as these factors vary from school to school. To see how your scores rank competitively, log on to the web page of your college choice and look at their freshman profile. College profiles will tell you the average SAT or ACT score of their college freshman class.

Important: Don't let your SAT or ACT test scores discourage you. You will find that your high school transcript will hold the most weight when determining college admission. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain your grades.

What are the scores used for?
Many colleges and universities use the scores as a means of placement once you are on campus-which English or mathematics classes to enroll as a college freshman.
Certain programs, such a health-related majors, require a certain score as a minimum for their programs.

Competitive or elite colleges and universities use the scores as admission requirements.
Scores may be a factor in scholarship competition.

How many times can I take the SAT or ACT?
You can take either test as many times as you want. However, each time you take an exam, it is accumulative. Meaning, colleges and universities will view each examination you take. Some colleges will mix and match your best scores for the composite; some will take only your best composite score in one sitting of the exam.

On the average, students take the SAT or ACT a couple of times. It really depends on what you need the scores for-admission, scholarship competition, or program requirements.

You will find that scores do not increase significantly after the second or third test session.

When in doubt, see your School Counselor!!!
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