SAT REASONING TEST, SAT SUBJECT TESTS, AND ACT

The following is a brief introduction to the world of standardized testing. It is intended as an overview to help students do some preliminary planning for junior and senior year. Any such planning, however, should be tailored to the specific needs of the individual student.

  1. It is generally recommended that students take the SAT Reasoning Test (or SAT) once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year. One need not worry about a lower score on one section of the SAT since almost all colleges will consider a student’s highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math scores, even if earned during different administrations of the SAT. This is referred to as "superscoring."
  2. According to the College Board’s policy, students may choose to report only those SAT and Subject Test scores they wish to report. Be aware, however, that colleges have the option of requesting to see all scores. ACT students may choose which ACT results to report. See your college adviser for details and help choosing.
  3. On any given test date, one may take either the SAT or up to three Subject Tests. One may not take the SAT and Subject Test(s) on the same day. (Subject Tests are not offered in March.) The SAT takes three hours and 45 minutes; a Subject Test takes one hour. Ramaz is an SAT test center.
  4. Some colleges (such as Brandeis, Fashion Institute of Technology, Franklin and Marshall, Muhlenberg, and Union) are test optional, but most colleges to which our students apply do require the SAT or the ACT exam. Most colleges, however, do not require Subject Tests. Students should consult with their college adviser about the advisability of taking Subject Tests. For some students, preparing to take a Subject Test may be an unnecessary burden and a distraction from schoolwork.
  5. Those colleges that require Subject Tests usually require two. For liberal arts programs, any two Subject Tests are acceptable. More specialized programs, such as engineering, have stricter requirements.
  6. The ACT, a more subject-oriented test, is accepted (sometimes with the Writing section required) by most colleges in lieu of the SAT and Subject Tests. The exam is offered in New York City with some dates at Ramaz (New York University is also a Sunday test site)z. It is administered less frequently than the SAT.
  7. Not all Subject Tests are given on every testing date. The Modern Hebrew exam is given only in June. The French and Spanish Listening exams are given only in November. The French and Spanish exams without listening are administered on all Subject Test dates except November. The World History exam is given only in December and June.

    In New York State, only certain tests are available on certain dates:
    FebruaryACT
    MarchSAT
    April ACT
    May SAT and SAT Subject Tests
    June SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT
    (July) ACT (not in New York State)
    August SAT and SAT Subject Tests
    September ACT
    October SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT
    November SAT and SAT Subject Tests
    DecemberSAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT
  8. In some cases, students with a diagnosed learning disability or handicap may take the SAT, SAT Subject Test, or ACT with extended time during a non-standard test administration. Such students must be approved for extended time by the testing agency, many months in advance of the registration dates. Receiving extended time at Ramaz does NOT guarantee approval by the testing agency. These arrangements are facilitated by Ramaz's Learning Center Director, Ms. Deborah Biegen. More info on extended time testing...
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