The PSAT, SAT, and ACT are all tests that help to measure a student’s readiness for college coursework. In Illinois, the SAT is the required state test for all juniors that satisfies ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) requirements. In other words, every public high school student in Illinois MUST take the a test in the SAT Suite of Assessments each April at their high school.
Maine Township District 207 uses the SAT Suite of Assessments to help track student growth concerning their readiness to be successful on the SAT in their junior year. Each of our students takes a preparatory test on their way to taking the Institutional SAT in April of their junior year. Each spring, freshman take the PSAT 8/9 and sophomores take the PSAT, and juniors take the SAT. Seniors are encouraged to take additional SAT tests in their senior year to improve their scores; however, they are not required or paid for by the district.
District and building administrators review the results of these tests to longitudinally to make adjustments to our academic program.
When students begin testing in 9th grade, they establish an account with College Board, the entity that administers the test. Students have access to their individual scores for as long as they keep their account active.
Also known as the NMSQT (National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test) is essentially a practice SAT. The PSAT is a primer for the SAT and the ACT. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. Additionally, the AP Predictor information can help identify students for AP coursework by drawing correlations between student scores and successful participation on AP exams.
The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Students encounter passage-based questions—sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts—and math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and some trigonometry.
Each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, making a “perfect” score 1520. There are also test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores.
The PSAT does not count towards your college admissions applications.
Is a test of college preparedness that is required by many colleges and universities as part of the admissions process. It is required by the State of Illinois to be taken by all public high school students for accountability purposes.
It is a three (3) hour multiple choice test with a 50-minute optional essay portion. The two main sections are math and evidence-based reasoning.
Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. Your total SAT score is the sum of your section scores. The highest possible SAT score is 1600. If you take the Essay, you will receive a separate score.
The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.
It is a two (2) hour and 55-minute multiple choice test with an additional 40-minutes for the optional essay. The ACT has four sections: math, science, English, and reading.
Each section of the ACT is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale. Your composite ACT score is the average of your four section scores, also on a scale from 1 to 36. If you take the ACT with Writing Test, you will receive a separate score on the Writing Test.
For more information on registering for the PSAT or SAT, please visit the College Board who administers the tests.
For more information on registering for the ACT, please visit the ACT website who administers the test.