Upcoming Practice Tests – Scheduling for fall tests now
The Edmonds Woodway High School PSO and Princeton Review offer several college entrance practice tests throughout the school year. These tests give students an opportunity to experience the tests, discover strengths and weaknesses and determine which test they are most likely to perform well on. Testing can be a stressful event for students, by taking the practice test beforehand, we hope students will be more confident and successful when studying and taking their official entrance exams.
General information about the ACT/SAT Practice Test – The Princeton Review Practice ACT* or SAT* tests are an opportunity to get a feel for the official test without the score counting towards your college admissions. In addition, it can give you an idea of where your strengths lie and where more work may be needed before taking the official test. Taking a practice test also familiarizes you with the format and pace of each test. This can remove some of the anxiety surrounding the official test. Taking the practice ACT/SAT is a great first step towards preparing for college applications and reaching your goals.
- SAT – The SAT was recently revised. In March 2016, the old SAT was replaced and the practice test your student takes will be the new revised test. The new SAT is very similar to the ACT but does contain more math. Sections include: Evidence-based reading and writing, and math (two sections – one with a calculator and one without). An optional essay*
- ACT – The ACT includes sections on English, math, reading, science. An optional essay*
*The Princeton Review practice tests no longer include the practice essay. Although no longer offered, some colleges require the essay, so it is recommended that all students take the essay portion of the official test. Choosing not to complete the essay portion could limit your options when applying to colleges. If you decide to apply to a college that requires the essay but did not take the essay when you took your official SAT or ACT, you will need to take the entire test again to add the essay. The essay portion does not factor into your composite score.
During the upcoming school year, the PSO will offer the ACT and SAT several times – this November and February 2019. In the past, the PSO offered both tests on the same day. Since the Princeton Review is no longer offering the StartUp Practice Test, we will be offering the ACT and SAT on separate Saturdays. This will allow students the opportunity to take both tests and see how the two scores compare and what test may be better suited to them.
*Please note that the Princeton Review only offers one version of the practice test for the SAT and ACT. Taking the test more than once means you will be taking the same test. Students are welcome to take the practice test more than once but their scores may not accurately reflect how they might do on the actual test since they will have seen the questions before.
Single practice tests cost $20 and both tests cost $35, fee waivers are available if needed.