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Spotlight On: ACT

Name:

ACT - originally stood for “American College Testing” but was shortened as the test evolved 

Creator:

Everett Franklin Lindquist

When is the test administered?

September, October, December, February , April, June

Where to register:

http://www.actstudent.org

Who should take the test?

  • High school students preparing to enter college
  • If words aren't your thing, you may do better on the ACT
  • If you hate writing, the ACT writing section is optional.
  • If you're weak in one content area but strong in others, you could still end up with a very good ACT score so the ACT would be a better choice for you.

Test format:

  • English 75 questions in 45 minutes.
    • Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills
  • Math 60 questions in 60 minutes
    • Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12
  • Reading 40 questions in 35 minutes
    • Measures reading comprehension
  • Science 40 questions in 35 minutes
    • Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences
  • Optional Writing Section 1 prompt in 30 minutes
    • Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses

Fun Fact:

About .076% of test takers score a perfect 36. 

Source: http://blog.prepscholar.com/how-many-people-get-a-34-35-36-on-the-act-score-breakdown

Where can I learn more?

http://www.act.org

https://www.petersons.com/college-search/act-test.aspx

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Spotlight On: LSAT

Full Name:

Law School Admission Test

Creator:

Frank H. Bowles (with representatives from Harvard and Yale Law Schools)

When is the test administered?

Administered four times each year. June, September/October, December, and February

Who should take the test?

Prospective Law School Candidates

December 2015 Test Date:

Test Date: Saturday, December 3, 2015

Registration: October 23, 2015

Late Registration: November 3, 2015

February 2016 Test Dates:

Test Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Registration: December 31, 2015

Late Registration: January 8, 2015

Test format:

35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. The unscored section typically is used to pre test new test questions or to pre equate new test forms. A 35-minute, unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that over 100,000 students take the LSAT each year?  If you multiplied that by three and a half hours and added it all together, the students collectively spend about 45 years taking the exam.

Where can I learn more?

http://www.lsac.org/

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