Op/Editorials 11/5/10

Many students facing various national testing

By Connor Thompson
Roar Writer

Many students this time of the year are preparing for upcoming tests such as SAT, ACT and ASVAB. These tests are supposed to measure students’ strengths and weaknesses and also assess knowledge students have learned throughout high school. Students can study for these tests either through books or through practice tests provided online. 

SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test, which helps students to fulfill admission requirements for college and also help colleges place students in courses. Students in their junior year in high school who are planning to go to four-year universities are highly advised to take the SAT in the fall or in the spring as well as during their senior year.

Seniors must take either the SAT or the ACT by December of their senior year so that testing information can be forwarded by these testing organizations to universities for admissions decisions. Juniors who are planning on attending a four-year university should also take the SAT or the ACT sometime during their junior year.

Tests are provided for students many months of the year, but there is also a deadline a month before to sign up for the test. If students sign up through CollegeBoard.com before the deadline, the cost is only $47; however, if students don’t sign up before the deadline, the cost is $71.

Also, CollegeBoard.com can provide practice questions for students by sending the Question of the Day through email, providing full tests online or selling SAT practice books.

ACT stands for American College Testing, an organization that provides valuable information about careers and educational planning. ACT tests also meet college admission requirements and test skills students have learned through high school.

ACT tests students in four subjects: English,mathematics, reading and science. Also, ACT tests have an optional writing section that measures students in planning and writing a short essay. These tests are given only six months out of the year but are the same months every year. Students from all grades can take ACT as long as they sign up through ACTstudents.org or through the mail. Just like the SAT, the ACT requires students to pay a fee, but the cost is only $33 with no writing test or $48 with the writing test.

ASVAB, or Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a timed multiple- choice test that measure strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. ASVAB is used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States armed forces and given to high school students in tenth through twelfth grade.

The ASVAB contains 11 sections that tests students in word knowledge, arithmetic reasoning, mechanical comprehension, shop information, automotive information, electronics information, mathematics knowledge, general science, paragraph comprehension, assembling objects, and verbal expression. ASVAB also provides a free online study guide and also many study guidebooks.

All three of these tests help students recognize their weaknesses and help provide for future success.

LHS students can get more information from academic advisor Janet McHenry in room 100, to include practice booklets and books. She has multiple copies of SAT practice tests and advises that students schedule time well ahead of the tests to practice these tests, which take about four hours to take.

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