College Entrance Exams

Almost all colleges require tests for admission.  Others may use the results for placement purposes in certain courses or programs. 

All Wisconsin students are now given the ACT Plus during the Spring of their junior year.  This score will be acceptable for college admissions applications. Because students frequently increase their scores when they re-take an ACT or SAT, college-bound students are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT a second time.  The vast majority of college admissions and scholarship committees will use your highest set of scores; therefore, there is nothing to lose by retaking a test.  

Generally, students should test at least once in the Spring of their junior year, and re-take their exams in the Summer or early Fall of their senior year. 


Because the SAT and the ACT are formatted differently, and cover somewhat different content, some students will score better on the SAT than the ACT.  College bound students are encouraged to try both.  It's also important to know that the SAT is changing significantly March of 2016.  Here is a breakdown of the New SAT

Registering for the ACT and/or SAT


To register for the ACT visit: www.actstudent.org/ 
To register for the SAT visit: www.sat.collegeboard.com/register

The high school code for Wisconsin Virtual Learning is 500708.   

Preparing for the ACT and/or SAT

WVL students have access to a comprehensive online ACT test preparation program offered by Method Test Prep.  It provides formative materials(including two full-lenght ACT practice tests) - intended for use over the course of several weeks -  to help students ready themselves for the assessment.  Please contact Mrs West for more information.

For free information on how to increase your ACT and SAT scores, please go to KnowHow2GOWisconsin.org. Sample tests are available, and your individual progress can bemonitored and recorded for feedback on what may need improvement. Vocabulary Builderis one benefit, and is an effective means of learning troublesome words. There is even an option to add a coach to your profile, who is someone that will keep you on track and motivate you.

SAT has partnered with the Khan Academy to create a free, in depth SAT prep program. They have separate preps for the old and the new SAT format. 

Both the ACT and SAT websites have test prep information available to students: 

ACT: www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html
SAT: sat.collegeboard.com/practice
 
UW-Milwaukee Mini-Courses Summer ACT Preparation Class for Grades 11 & 12

Test Dates and Deadlines

For ACT dates and deadlines visit: www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
For SAT dates and deadlines visit: sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-dates

Testing Locations in Wisconsin

ACT: www.actstudent.org/regist/centers.html
SAT:  sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-code-search
 
Reporting Scores

A growing number of post secondary schools are requiring acomprehensive official score report be sent directly from ACT or SAT tomeet admission requirements.  Students are advised to request scorereports be sent to colleges and universities when they register for theexam as part of the initial exam fee.  If students need an officialscore report sent to a school(s), they should make the request at thefollowing websites:

ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/index.html

SAT:  http://sat.collegeboard.com/home
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