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Students must register for ACT on their website directly. www.act.org To do this it is best to set aside about 40 minutes the first time you are registering for a test. It is helpful to have an unofficial transcript (counseling office) with you to enter your classes and grades you had in high school.
COST - The ACT is $60 which includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if you provide the codes when you register). The ACT with Writing is $85.00. The late registration fee is $36.00 so please take note of the registration deadlines. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you can get fee waivers during your high school career. You will need to see your school counselor to get the wavier from them.
The ACT is an exam used by most colleges and universities to make a decision about admission and sometimes a scholarship criteria. It is a paper and pencil test that is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing). There are four sections to the ACT:
|Section||Number of Questions||Content/Skills Covered|
75 questions in 45 minutes
|grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style|
60 questions in 60 minutes
|pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry|
|Reading||40 questions in 35 minutes||reading comprehension of what is directly stated or implied|
|Science||40 questions in 35 minutes||
Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving
|Writing (Optional)||1 essay in 40 minutes||essay prompt|
Students must register for SAT on their website directly. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register To do this it is best to set aside about 40 minutes the first time you are registering for a test. It is helpful to have an unofficial transcript (counseling office) with you to enter your classes and grades you had in high school.
COST - The SAT is $55.00. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you can get up to TWO ACT waivers during your high school career. You will need to see your school counselor to get the wavier from them.
SAT has some great interactive videos and study guides on their website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test . The test itself is 3 hours. If you take the optional essay it is an additional 50 minutes.
|Sub Section||Total Testing Time & Breakdown||Content/Skills Covered|
|Reading||65 Minutes for 52 questions||reading and vocabulary in context|
|Writing||35 Minutes for 44 questions||grammar and usage|
|Math w/Calculator||55 Minutes for Math WITH Calculator (58 total questions in math together)||heart of algebra, problem solving & data analysis, passport to advanced math, additional topics (geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus)|
|Math w/out Calculator||25 Minutes for Math WITHOUT Calculator (58 total questions in math together)||heart of algebra, problem solving & data analysis, passport to advanced math, additional topics (geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus)|
|OPTIONAL ESSAY||50 Minutes||Essay Prompt|
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 is the National Testing Date.
Shawnee Mission West Seniors:
Shawnee Mission West Juniors & Sophomores:
Juniors & Sophomores may register and pay ($20) to take the PSAT/NMSQT. Register at the following website: www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/172773.
Any juniors and sophomores who do not register for the PSAT will take a practice ACT test that morning at no cost. Students need to report to school on this day at the regular time (7:40 am). Testing will be completed at 12:15 when students can eat lunch on campus. The buses will leave at 1:10 pm for early dismissal.
Shawnee Mission West Sophomores:
Sophomores can choose to take the PSAT or the Practice ACT. There is no cost or registration for the Practice ACT.
Shawnee Mission West Freshmen:
All freshmen will take the Pre-ACT 9. PreACT® 8/9 is a multiple-choice assessment that provides 8th and 9th grade students an early measure of College and Career Readiness while serving as a practice opportunity for the ACT® test.
See the "October SMW Testing Day" tab on this screen for information about registering for the PSAT.
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.
You can check out more detailed information and online practice tests at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
PSAT/NMSQT JUNIORS AT SMW:
ACT PRACTICE: Any junior student who does not register for the PSAT will take a practice ACT test that morning at no cost. All juniors need to report to school on this day at the regular time (7:40 am). Testing will be completed at 12:15 when students can eat lunch on campus. The buses will leave at 1:10 pm for early dismissal.
PSAT SOPHOMORES AT SMW:
10th graders will automatically take the PSAT. They do not have to do anything for this test except show up on test day ready for a Practice SAT.
Updates to this tab coming soon!
For the past few years we've been able to offer a free ACT at West for our students.
Watch the school newsletter and Skyward notices for upcoming infomation on the test date and how to register.
THE FREE ACT FOR JUNIORS IS ON .......2023 (Exact date TBA).
ACT Test for students classified as JUNIORS paid for by the State of Kansas Department of Education. This ACT will be administered during a regular school day at Shawnee Mission West. Students will be assigned to a specific location for testing and will need to bring their own pencils, calculator, and to dress in layers.
The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.
The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.
- There are 38 AP courses in seven subject categories.
- Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject. Learn how AP courses are developed.
- Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.
- AP Exams are given in May each year at testing locations all over the world.
- Schools must be authorized by the AP Course Audit to offer approved AP courses and use the AP designation.
Taking AP courses and exams can help students:
- Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
- Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Search credit policies by college.
2022 TESTING DATES
Mr. Tommie Davis is our AP Testing Coordinator at Shawnee Mission West. He will be updating this page with registration information, fees, and important reminders in the late fall. Until that time you can see the schedule for specific tests at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees
AP Exams information and overview: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ap-exams-overview