College and Career
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Standardized Testing Information
ACT or SAT?
How to choose between taking the ACT and SAT tests:
Colleges accept both the ACT and SAT for admissions purposes. Some students prefer one test over the other and sit for both exams to see which score will serve them better for admissions and scholarship purposes. Wheaton Academy is a test center for both the ACT (October and April) and SAT (June) examinations.
While we recommend students take both practice ACTs and SATs (also available online), we lean towards recommending that students take the SAT.
While both the ACT and PSAT focus on the classroom skills and knowledge your student needs to be successful in college, the PSAT suite of tests provides advantages to students and families as they prepare for the college admissions process. College Board has made available outstanding resources for students to learn from previous PSAT/SAT tests. By creating a College Board account, students can load their personal SAT scores and review how they did on each test question. In addition to reviewing the test questions and the correct answers, SAT includes the rationale for why the correct answer is the best answer. Students can then strengthen essential skills and knowledge for the PSAT/SAT with free personalized practice on Khan Academy®.
For students who have been approved for extended time on either the ACT or SAT, testing is handled differently by ACT and Collegeboard (SAT). For ACT, most students granted extra time are allowed to take sub-sections of the exam over multiple days. However, students granted extra time on the SAT must sit for the entire examination at one time on a given exam date. Given the potential fatigue factor of sitting for an SAT for 5-6 hours, students with extra time may decide to focus on the ACT since it can be broken up over multiple dates.
ACT 2018 Information
Registration for the ACT is through www.act.org.
Prep courses for the ACT
Wheaton Academy offers an after-school prep course in the spring. The spring course will be offered by Kaplan Test Prep. For spring 2018, the ACT classroom course will have 8 three-hour on site sessions taught by expert Kaplan teachers. Included are 2 full-length practice tests proctored in class, and 2 full-length practice tests proctored live online. The course is set up to prepare students to take the actual ACT on the April 14th test date.
All sessions will run on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Specific course dates and registration are available this fall via WA Weekly. The cost for this prep course will be $350.00.
SAT/PSAT 2018 Information
The PSAT is administered nationally each year in mid-October. For 2017 at Wheaton Academy, it will be offered on Wednesday morning, October 11th. The test will be administered to all freshmen through juniors, but for juniors, it is the qualifying test for the National Merit program. A junior must take the PSAT on this date in order to be a candidate for the National Merit program. All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are registered for the exam by Wheaton Academy