Here’s how to get started:
STEP 1: Decide which test you want to take and get registered.
About the SAT: Constructed with Evidence-Based Reading, Writing, and Math sections, the SAT gives you three hours to answer multiple choice questions, and a Math portion where you have to show your work. The SAT also offers Subject Tests to demonstrate your abilities in English, history, math, science, and a variety of languages. Be aware that some colleges may require you to take the Subject Test as part of your application. For more information go to SAT test dates and registration deadlines.
About the ACT: The ACT gives you 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete four multiple-choice subject tests that measure your capability for doing college-level work. With exams in English, math, reading, and science, your scores are averaged together to get an overall point value. The ACT also has an optional writing section that lasts a half-hour, so if you’re a solid writer you should consider it. Learn more at ACT test dates and registration deadlines.
STEP 2: Read up on the best strategies for doing well. There are many, like making sure you take classes like Geometry and Algebra II before you sit for the test or taking the test when you aren’t busy with other activities and commitments. Do some research and create a plan for success.
STEP 3: Get familiar with the structure of the test. There are many study guides on there that can help you with this. For free test prep resources, try the Khan Academy for the SAT and the official ACT website for a study guide and sample questions.
STEP 4: Take practice exams at home. The Khan Academy and ACT website both offer practice tests that you can take at home. Take one, then another, then another, to make sure you’re ready for the real thing.
STEP 5: Look at college requirements. As you’re deciding which colleges you might want to attend, look into their requirements: Are they test-optional? What are the average test scores for incoming students? Will they want you to take an SAT subject test? Find out.
Starting this process now will give you more time to prepare and give you plenty of time to retake the test if you want to improve your score.
And while you’re researching colleges and preparing for your SAT or ACT, come visit us! We’d love to show you around our campus.
Since 1911, Spartanburg Methodist College has been dedicated to offering an affordable, private, Christian-centered education to students of all religious and non-religious backgrounds.
As a two-year college, our specialty is helping high school students transition successfully into the college environment. Your first two years of college count at SMC, where you’ll receive an Associate Degree in one of six program areas. Earning an Associate Degree means you’ll have a college degree after only two years. Your degree coursework will then easily transfer to nearly any major at four-year colleges and universities across the state and nation, where you’ll enter as a junior.