SAT and ACT Prep

The most important lesson one can learn about preparation for these exams is that they are not up to the standards of academic integrity that so many expect them to be. Once students understand the construction of the exams, they are ready to embrace the techniques. Combined with a grounding in the fundamentals of Math and Standard Written English, proper application of this new approach will help students to achieve a higher score.

Helpful Links

The Exams

ACT-SAT Concordance Developed jointly by the College Board and ACT, this document provides guidance on the equivalent scores between the two exams.  

The SAT  This page on the massive College Board site is the starting point for those interested in taking the SAT's. Once you've created an account, it provides tools for registering for the exam and viewing your score report. 

The ACT Exam This exam, once dominant mainly between the Rockies and the Mississippi River, has become increasingly popular on the coasts.  Each student should consider whether this exam or the SAT provides greater advantage in the admissions process.  I can help you with that decision.

Test-Optional Schools  This list is maintained by FairTest, which continues its mission to bring fairness to education, with a focus on testing. By its nature, this page will not be up-to-the-minute, so if you don't see a school here, it's worth it to follow up with that school directly.

Essay Scoring Rubrics

ACT Scoring Guide

SAT Scoring Guide 

The SAT no longer includes an essay option. For those who took the exam prior to August 2021, this is the rubric that had been in use. If you are taking SAT School Day, you can expand the rubric by clicking on "see more" after landing on the College Board page linked to above.

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Scoring for College Board "Official" Book Exams

In typically unhelpful fashion, the College Board has removed the guide for scoring the exams from the "official" book.  To insure that they were being even less helpful, they have numbered the practice exams and placed them in the book in the following order.  The information is tucked away in a hard-to-find corner of their mammoth site.  I hope these links prove useful despite the College Board's best efforts to complicate matters.

Again, the scoring guides are listed below in the order in which they appear in the official study guide.