Testing Information

Differences Between ACT & SAT

As a high school student, you have many different options for standardized testing.  We have listed below some information such as why take the specific test, registration dates, scoring, and what you can do with the results.  If you have further questions, please make an appointment to see your school counselor at Shawnee Mission West. 

Types of Standardized Tests

ACT- National Testing

2018 Test Dates for the ACT

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019 . **not offered at SM West

Saturday, July 13, 2019 **not offered at SM West

You will need to bring a photo id, ACT admission ticket, number 2 pencils, calculator, any snacks for the break, and wear layers to stay comfortable during testing.

ACT REGISTRATION

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 $50.50 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 $67.00.  The late registration fee is $30.00 so please take note of the registration deadlines.  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.  

Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration**

 Saturday, September 8, 2018

 August 10, 2018  August 26,2 018
 Saturday, October 27, 2018  September 28, 2018  October 14, 2018
 Saturday, December 8, 2018  November 2, 2018  November 19, 2018
 Saturday, February 9, 2019  January 11, 2019  January 18, 2019
 Saturday, April 13, 2019  March 8, 2019  March 25, 2019
 Saturday, June 8, 2019  May 3, 2019  May 20, 2019
 Saturday, July 13, 2019  June 14, 2019  June 24, 2019

 

ACT BREAKDOWN

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

English

75 questions in 45 minutes

  grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style
Math

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

ACT TEST PREP

FREE Practice ACT Exam Booklet

Preparing for the ACT can be done in many different ways.  In the student services offices, we have a FREE full sized practice ACT exam that students can take and complete on their own time.  The answers are within the booklet on the last few pages.  You can also choose to participate in our various testing preparation programs.
 

Power Prep ACT Test Prep at Shawnee Mission West

Monday October 15th AND Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. both nights at the Shawnee Mission West Library.   You need to register for this and pay the $65.00 on their website at https://powerprepinc.com/shawnee-mission-west/

FREE ACT Academy

ACT Academy is a new personalized online practice for the ACT.  You can register for this free resource at https://academy.act.org/

Finding an ACT Tutor

If you are looking for an individual tutor, you can utilize Wyzant website to connect to a tutor for ACT in general or in a specific subject area of the ACT.  Check out their website at https://www.wyzant.com/

SAT- National Testing

SAT REGISTRATION

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 $47.50 and the SAT with ESSAY for $64.50.  Some colleges and university will request that you take the SAT SUBJECT Tests.  There are actual Subjects you choose to test in and SAT reports your scores to the college/university.  Subject Test Registration is $26 then they charge you $22 per test and you can take up to three subject tests. 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 Testing Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration
August 25, 2018 July 27, 2018 August 15, 2018
October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 26, 2018
November 3, 2018 October 5, 2018 October 24, 2018
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 20, 2019
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019

 

SAT BREAKDOWN

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

 

PSAT

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

SMW October 10th - JUNIORS

PSAT/NMSQT JUNIORS AT SMW: 

11th graders may register and pay ($19) to take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Register at the following website:  www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/172773. Registration materials were posted in the Class of 2020 Google Classroom in mid-September.  The regular registration deadline is September 28.  LATE FEE:  There will be a late fee through Friday, October 5, or until all spots are filled. 
 

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 on Wednesday, October 10th.  They do not have to do anything for this test except show up on test day ready for a Practice SAT.  

 

October 10th SMW Testing Day

Shawnee Mission West Seniors

Seniors will have the opportunity to arrange a meaningful learning activity on this day – either a college visit, job shadow, or community service.  Students need to complete this form and turn it into the counseling office to let us know what they are planning for this day.
 

Shawnee Mission West Juniors:

Juniors may register and pay ($19) to take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Register at the following website:  www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/172773. Registration materials were posted in the Class of 2020 Google Classroom in mid-September.  The regular registration deadline is September 28.  There will be a late fee through Friday, October 5, or until all spots are filled. 

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.

Shawnee Mission West Sophomores:  

All sophomores will take the PSAT test.  Students do not need to pre-register for this and there is no cost for this test.  All sophomores 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 Freshmen:

All freshmen will participate in College & Career Readiness activities on the morning of October 10th.  Students will report to their Link Crew seminar class at the beginning of the day.  They will then participate in several activities:  motivational speaker on Top 20, speaker on anti-bullying, and Xello career activities. All freshmen need to report to school on this day at the regular time (7:40 am).  Classes will be dismissed at 12:15 when students can eat lunch on campus.  The buses will leave at 1:10 pm for early dismissal.

Practice ACT

Through the state of Kansas, Juniors will have the opportunity to choose to take an official ACT in February 2019.  We will be sharing more information with our students and families soon.  

AP

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.

Fast Facts

  • 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.

Benefits

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.

2019 TESTING WINDOW STARTS ON Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 17th.  

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