ACT Assessment  

The best resource of information about the ACT is available at http://www.actstudent.org/. You will find information regarding registration, test preparation, scores, college planning, and other helpful resources.  Please see your SPASH Counselor for other test prep resources such as the ACT Prep class at SPASH that is offered to juniors.

The ACT has four parts (English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning) and an optional Writing component. You cannot take the Writing component separately from the rest of the exam. Approximately 95% of students in Wisconsin applying for college admission take the ACT while about 5% take the SAT.  Please note that the majority of universities nationwide will accept either test. The Writing component was added in 2005 which is a separate optional test that can be taken with the ACT.  At the present time, the Writing component is required for admission to schools such as UW-Madison, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, as well as Marquette University. Check the ACT website for a list of other colleges that may require the Writing component.  
 

Note: The dates below for the ACT & SAT Tests, including administration dates at SPASH and the registration deadlines, are listed in the "2013-2014 Important Dates & Timeline" tab.

ACT Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada

  • Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
    September 21, 2013August 23, 2013August 24–September 6, 2013
    October 26, 2013September 27, 2013September 28–October 11, 2013
    December 14, 2013November 8, 2013November 9–22, 2013
    February 8, 2014*January 10, 2014January 11–24, 2014
    April 12, 2014March 7, 2014March 8–21, 2014
    June 14, 2014May 9, 2014May 10–23, 2014

    *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.

To register online go to www.actstudent.org  

 SAT Reasoning Test

This contains Critical Reading, Writing, and Math.  The SAT is taken more frequently as an admissions test by students outside the Midwest, especially on the East and West coasts.  Universities will often accept the ACT or the SAT.  Please check each school's admissions site for specific requirements.


SAT Subject Tests

To register online for the SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests and to get additional information about preparing for these tests, go to
http://www.collegeboard.org/.

You should also consider whether the colleges that you’re interested in require or recommend Subject Tests. Some colleges will grant an exemption from or credit for a freshman course requirement if a student does well on a particular SAT Subject Test.  Some colleges and universities require one or more Subject Tests along with the SAT. You may use the same registration form to register for both tests.  We would advise that you check with the campus you plan on applying to for specific admission requirements. 

If your school requires SAT Subject Tests, are you wondering which test to take?  There are 20 Subject Tests across five general subject areas: history, mathematics, science, English and foreign languages. The SAT Subject Tests that you take should be based on your interests and academic strengths. The tests are a great way to indicate interest in specific majors or programs of study (e.g., engineering, pre-med, cultural studies).

SAT Test Dates for 2013-2014
Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).
SAT DateSAT Subject
Tests Available
(Find Dates)
Registration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
Deadline for Changes
MailPhone/
Online
Oct
5  
 Sep
6  
Sep
20  
Sep
23  
Sep
23  
 
Nov
2  
 Oct
3
Oct
18  
Oct
21  
Oct
21  
 
Dec
7  
 Nov
8
Nov
22  
Nov
25  
Nov
25  
 
Jan
25  
 Dec
27
Jan
10  
Jan
14  
Jan
14  
 
Mar
8  
 Feb
7
Feb
21  
Feb
24  
Feb
24  
 
May
3  
 Apr
4
Apr
18  
Apr
21  
Apr
21  
 
Jun
7  
 May
9
May
23  
May
28  
May
28  
 

Additional fees apply if you register late or make changes to your test type, center or date after registering.

For all test dates and registration go to  http://sat.collegeboard.org/register.  

 

ACCUPLACER Exam

The ACCUPLACER exam is used by Midstate Technical College (and some other technical colleges such as Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton) to determine admission into specific programs. The four parts of this exam are Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, and Elementary Algebra.  Please note that very few technical college programs require the Elementary Algebra portion.  The ACCUPLACER is taken on a computer and is not timed. Students, graduates and community members can take it in the Career Center at SPASH.  Please go to the Career Center or call (715) 345-5468 to schedule an appointment. An appointment is necessary. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. The cost is $15 and $4 for each section a student must retake. An ACCUPLACER practice test with sample questions can be found online at:
http://www.mstc.edu/pdf/accuplacerpracticetest.pdf

Most technical colleges will accept or use ACT or SAT scores for admission, but may still require you to take their specific admissions or placement test depending on how high your ACT scores is.  To find out more information on admissions and which test is required for the technical college you wish to attend go to http://www.witechcolleges.org/default.htm

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test 

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely administered aptitude test in the United States.  About 900,000 students in approximately 14,000 schools take the ASVAB annually.  The ASVAB is called an aptitude battery because its results are used to predict the ability to learn skills – specifically skills required for different work.  No military items are included and the test is based on research to help predict success in a wide range of different jobs. The ASVAB consists of ten tests: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Numerical Operations, Coding Speed, Auto and Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, and Electronics Information.  The test has 334 items administered in a 2 ½ hour session. The results help focus student interest and aptitude for careers – both military and civilian.  Scores on each test are provided as well as scores clustered around Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science/Technical Skills.  There are numerous resources available on line to assist in studying for the ASVAB. 

Resources for the ASVAB include:
1) http://www.military.com/ASVAB
2) http://www.studyguidezone.com/asvabtest.htm
3) Learning Express Library- click on link through our district website and Family Resources
3) Books in the SPASH library which can be checked out
4) Military Recruiters

ASVAB Test at SPASH: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.  The ASVAB is available to all students.  Sign up in the Counseling Office or see your counselor or a military recruiter for more information.