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Testing

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is one of the two main college entrance exams.

  • Not all schools require the SAT. Community colleges do not request SAT scores.

  • A student must score at least 880 on the SAT in order to be admitted to a North Carolina public university.

 

The test contains the following sections:

  • Reading (52 questions in 65 mins): passages include literature, historical documents, social or natural sciences.

  • Writing & Language (44 Qs in 35 mins): Grammar, vocabulary, editing skills.

  • Math - Calculator Inactive (20 Qs in 25 mins): Algebra I + II, geometry, some trigonometry.

  • Math - Calculator Active (38 Qs in 55 mins): Algebra I + II, geometry, some trigonometry.

  • Essay (50 mins): Write a persuasive essay about a passage or topic.

    • Note: not all schools require the essay portion. However, it is good practice to take it in case you apply to a school that does.

 
Students must register approximately 5 weeks before the SAT session. Late registration is also available for an additional fee. Please note, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. If you are eligible, will not need to pay the late registration fee.

To Register

 

Visit Collegeboard.org to begin the registration process. If you do not have an account already, make one!

 

Click on "Register for the SAT" to get started.

 

TIP: As you register, fill out all the required information. If something is not required, you do not have to submit answers.

The ACT (American College Test) is one of the two main college entrance exams.

  • Most students in North Carolina will take this test once for free during their junior year of high school.

  • Not all schools require the ACT. Community colleges do not request ACT scores.

  • Scores range from 1-36.

    • A student must score at least 17 on the ACT in order to be admitted to a North Carolina public university.

The test contains the following sections:

  • English (75 questions in 45 mins): grammar, punctuation, sentence structure & style

  • Math - Calculator active (60 Qs in 60 mins): Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

  • Reading (40 Qs in 35 mins): reading passages and comprehension

  • Science (40 Qs in 35 mins): Interpret, analyze, evaluate graphs and charts

  • Writing (1 essay in 40 mins): Write a persuasive essay about a passage or topic.

 
Students must register in advance for an ACT testing sessions which are held at select local high schools act as testing centers. Late registration is also available for an additional fee. Please note that if you are eligible for a fee waiver, you will not need to pay the late registration fee.

To Register

 

Visit my.act.org to begin the registration process.

Sign in or click on "Create MyACT Account" to get started.

TIP: As you register, fill out all the required information. If something is not required, you do not have to submit answers.

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