There are two college entrance exams, the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), which are used for admissions, placements, and scholarships. Every Thurgood Marshall Academy student will take the ACT and SAT twice, with fee waivers each time. Students will register online during class or make an appointment with the College Counselor. The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) provides practice for students preparing for their first SAT; it also qualifies students for national scholarship and awards programs.
Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200–800, and the writing section will contain two sub scores. The SAT is taken by high school juniors and seniors. Thurgood Marshall Academy students will register for the SAT in May of their junior year and October of their senior year.
For online sample questions and preparation materials, visit the College Board website and select “For Students.”
SAT Question Types
Each edition of the SAT includes Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections.
|Critical Reading||70 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)||Critical reading and sentence-level reading||
|Math||70 minutes (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)||Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis||
|Writing||60 minutes||Grammar, usage, and word choice||
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are given in a number of academic areas and are used by some colleges for admission and placement purposes. Students may take up to three tests in one session, but may not take the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. Students must check dates for each test offered. It is recommended that SAT Subject Tests be taken following the completion of the highest level of these courses. Please note that most colleges do not require SAT Subject Tests.
The ACT is a set of four multiple-choice tests that cover English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT Plus adds an optional writing test. Colleges require the Writing Test.
The score is based on the number of correct answers; there is no penalty for guessing. Most scores are available online within 2-1/2 weeks after each national test date. Score reports are usually mailed to your home within 4 to 7 weeks after each test date. Score reports will be mailed only after writing scores are available.
|English||75 questions||45 minutes||Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills|
|Mathematics||60 questions||60 minutes||Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12|
|Reading||40 questions||35 minutes||Measures reading comprehension|
|Science||40 questions||35 minutes||Measures the intepretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences|
|Optional Writing Test||1 prompt||30 minutes||Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses|
The PSAT is a two-hour-and-ten-minute exam that is administered only once during the school year. It consists of two 25-minute math sections, two 25-minute verbal sections, and one writing skills section. This test predicts how well you will do on the SAT.
Only students who take the PSAT in their junior year will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Achievement Scholarship Program, or the National Hispanic Scholar Awards Program.