University Testing


WHAT IS THE PSAT?

  • The PSAT is the Preliminary y Scholastic Assessment Test. It is a two hour test given once a year in October.
  • There are five separate sections: two math sections, two reading sections, and one writing skills section. Each subject is scored on a scale from 20 to 80 points for a total of 240 maximum points.
  • PSAT is offered in October of each year. Registration is through ECA. Both 10th and 11th graders can take it

WHAT IS THE SAT?

  • The SAT or Scholastic Assessment Test is a college admissions exam given six times a year.
  • There are ten sections: three math, three reading, three writing, and one experimental which is not scored but is used only for research. The SAT takes four hours.
  • Most students take the SAT during the winter/spring of their 11th grade year, saving the fall of their 12th grade year for retesting, if necessary.
  • Sign up at www.collegeboard.com – ECA is the test center

SAT II SUBJECT TESTS

  • You may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date.
  • You cannot take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT on the same test date.
  • You should plan to take two subject tests in your strongest subjects and/or specific to your intended major and what the universities require (check their websites!).
  • Some universities accept ACT instead of Subject Tests!

WHAT IS THE ACT?

  • The ACT or American College Testing Assessment Test is a college admissions exam given five times a year.
  • There are four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The ACT takes two hours and 55 minutes. There is also an optional writing test which takes an additional 30 minutes.
  • Most students take the ACT during the winter/spring of their 11th grade year, saving the fall of their 12th grade year for retesting, if necessary.
  • Students register at www.actstudent.org ECA is a test center.

 TOEFL

  • TheTOEFL test measures the ability of nonnative speakers to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings
  • Used primarily for admission into universities where English is the language of instruction
  • Accepted at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels

 Student FAQs about TOEFL Testing

  • How do test takers register for the TOEFL test?
    • Online, Phone, Mail
  • Tests are offered many times each month in Venezuela at different locations
  • How long is the test?
    • Test takers have about 4 hours to complete the test
  • Test Centers in Venezuela?
    • There are two centers in Venezuela When students register, they will be able to see the exact location of the available test centers
  • What is the passing score for TOEFL?
    • There is no passing score for TOEFL.
    • Each university sets their own score requirements
    • Test takers need to check with the university where they are applying for their TOEFL score requirements

TIMELINE FOR TEST TAKING

10th grade

  • PLAN/PSAT

11th grade

  • FALL – PSAT
  • WINTER/SPRING SAT/SAT II/ ACT

12th grade

  • FALL – SAT I or II /ACT October, November, December

FINAL THOUGHTS

Successful SAT- and ACT takers share many of the following attributes:

  • They are readers; They internalize good language mechanics, have an expanded vocabulary, know how to get through a passage and understand main points
  • They do not allow stress to affect the way they process information.
  • They are effective problem solvers.
  • They have stamina to get through a 4 hour test with only two 5-minute breaks.
  • They are experienced writers and have math skills through Algebra II (Integrated Math II).

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