JHS ACT and SAT

    What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

    The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test. The College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2005, with a mandatorywriting test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to. The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing. The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

    The following links will take you to the ACT and SAT websites to register. Our CEEB code is 362755. You will need this code to register for the tests. 



    Below is a link to the ACT question of the day.


    Here is a website you can use to help prep for the SAT.


    We have provided a number of resources to help your examinees prepare to take the ACT® test, including the opportunity to take a practice test in an online format. A practice test is also available to examinees taking the ACT test on paper.

    In January a practice test with text-to-speech will be added to the website. Check back then if your students would be interested in this test.

    State ACT March 20. 2018 Practice Materials

    JHS ACT - Feb. 20, 2019, March 12, 2019, and April 2, 2019

    State law requires districts and community schools to administer the state-funded ACT or SAT to all grade 11 students in the spring of the school year. Each year, districts and schools will select the test to administer to their juniors. Johnstown High School administers the ACT to all juniors in the spring. Johnstown High School offeres ACT E-prep. All juniors take this course during their 1st semester beignning with the Class of 2020.



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