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Most college-bound students know that a necessary component of an admission application is a college entrance examination score; a university cannot process an application without one. Most students also know that there are two exams--the ACT and the SAT--and that almost all U.S. colleges accept both.

The average student may not, however, know a great deal about the two tests and how they differ and, therefore, may be unsure about which test would be best for them to take--based upon their abilities, experience and needs. The option is the student's, as colleges use the results from either in the same ways--for admission, talent identification and academic advising.

Counselors, teachers and parents are a good resource in helping students choose the test that will best demonstrate achievement. Either way, students should remember that entrance exam scores are only one piece of information a college considers. Class rank, grade point average, school/community activities and work experience (if applicable) will also be factored in the decision.

Test Prep Classes - Registration Form / Chad Gargill Out of District Registration Form

What is the ACT?

Students should register for the ACT test online at actstudent.org, record the username and password they create for future use, and report their scores to Union using the code 370-475. In addition, students are encouraged to report their scores to four colleges. They should be prepared to upload a head and shoulder picture and use a credit card for payment or enter the waiver number. The ACT-No Writing (cost-$38.00) is the recommended test unless a student knows the writing test is required for his or her desired college. Students on free or reduced lunch may take the ACT two times at no cost with waivers that are issued through College/Careers located in the Student Union. Students on an IEP should contact the Special Ed department for help with registration that includes accommodations. A photo must be uploaded and your admission ticket printed approximately one week before the test. Make sure you read all directions from your admission ticket, so you are prepared for the test date. See one of the college and career advisors in the CCC for more information.
ACT preparation information and registration forms can be found above on this page.

ACT Testing

Union SchoolsStudents should register for the ACT test online at actstudent.org, record the username and password they create for future use, and report their scores to Union using the code 370-475. In addition, students are encouraged to report their scores to four colleges. They should be prepared to upload a head and shoulder picture and use a credit card for payment or enter the waiver number. The ACT-No Writing (cost-$36.50) is the recommended test unless a student knows the writing test is required for his or her desired college. Students on free or reduced lunch may take the ACT two times at no cost with waivers that are issued through College/Careers located in the Student Union. Juniors and Seniors on free or reduced lunch are also eligible to register for one ACT preparation workshop without cost. Students on an IEP should contact the Special Ed department for help with registration that includes accommodations. You can search the internet for apps to upload a photo, it must be uploaded and your admission ticket printed approximately one week before the test. Make sure you read all directions from your admission ticket, so you are prepared for the test date. See one of the college and career advisors in the CCC for more information.  

Why should a student take the ACT?

Students take the ACT for two primary reasons: the first to reach admission standards for college and the second to compete for scholarships associated with ACT scores. 

When should a student take the ACT?

Sophomores who have completed Algebra II or are interested in the Tulsa Community College concurrent program, should take the April test.  This allows students to assess their performance and possibly qualify for TCC classes.

Juniors should take the ACT once they have completed Algebra II, unless again, they want to take TCC classes their junior year.  To enroll in fall TCC classes, the ACT must be taken by April.  To enroll in spring TCC classes, the ACT must be completed by the September test date.  If juniors have no interest in TCC classes, then they should take the ACT in April or June to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Union SchoolsSeniors should take the ACT in the fall, preferably the September or October test.  Students test to achieve a qualifying score for college admission, but also to contend for scholarships.  In most cases, colleges will consider only the highest ACT score.  Some colleges continue to accept ACT scores for scholarships all the way into June.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is designed to test your skill level in math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The test is divided into seven sections: 3 math, 3 verbal, and 1 experimental section. The math and verbal sections each have their own distinct question types, including quantitative comparisons, sentence completions, grid-ins, and more. The experimental section, used by the test developer to try out new questions, is not scored and can be either math or verbal. You will not know which section is experimental.

The SAT is scored on scale of 200-800 for both the math and verbal sections. The College Board sets the average for all test takers at 500 for each. A perfect score on the SAT is 1600. However, in recent years, fewer than 20 percent of all test takers achieve a math score of 600 or better. Fewer than 10 percent score higher than 600 on the verbal section. The cost of the SAT is $58.00.

ACT Preparation

PrepMe ACT Classes—Cost $30.00-30 students maximum-Union students only
PrepMe is an adaptive learning platform in Naviance for ACT® test preparation that identifies your individual strengths and areas for improvement to create a customized study plan based on your needs and timeline. With PrepMe, you maximize every minute of your time spent studying for exams.

To access PrepMe:
1. Log in to Naviance Family Connection (use your computer login)
2. From the Family Connection Home page, click the PrepMe link in the Resources section.
3. PrepMe will open in a new window or tab.

****Students who register for PrepMe ACT classes agree to access PrepMe and complete the 4 diagnostic tests (English, Math, Reading, Science) prior to the first day of class!
Students choose only one 6 hour session to attend!

 

Seniors Only

1st Quarter

Room 2722

Monday, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13 

3:30-5:30

 

Saturday, Oct. 4            8:30-3:30

Lunch:  11:30-12:30   

Seniors Only

 

2nd Quarter

Room 2722

Monday, October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1

3:30-5:30

Saturday, Nov. 15

8:30-3:30

Lunch:  11:30-12:30

Juniors Only

 

3rd Quarter

Room 2722

Monday, January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9

3:30-5:30

Saturday, Jan. 17

8:30-3:30

Lunch:  11:30-12:30

 

Juniors Only

 

4th Quarter

Room 2722

Monday, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4

3:30-5:30

Saturday, March 28

8:30-3:30

Lunch:  11:30-12:30               

 Chad Cargill Workshop

Thye cost is $30.00. No student maximum; students from all districts are welcome

This three hour workshop is a practical hands-on instruction session developed by Chad Cargill, a graduate of Oklahoma State University.  It is designed for students who need a few extra points on their ACT to win certain scholarships or who are a few points away from qualifying to get into college. This workshop is packed full of relevant, practical information on what will be on the test and how to master the techniques to how to increase your ACT score. The workshop is not a practice test.
 
Thursday, September 25  4:30-7:30 Great Hall

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