SAT and ACT testing

Most colleges in Kentucky require you to take some kind of entrance test before you are admitted. The two most common tests are the ACT Assessment and the SAT.

The ACT Assessment is required or accepted at all public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities in Kentucky. It contains multiple-choice questions in four sections-English, math, reading, and science reasoning. The scores range from 1 to 36.

The SAT is accepted at most public and private institutions. The SAT I is made up of seven sections: three verbal, three math, and one “equating” section. The equating section does not count toward your final score. But you won’t know which section it is, so treat all sections the same. A score from 200 to 800 is possible on each section.

For more information or to register, visit www.collegeboard.com/sat. The SAT II consists of one-hour tests in specific subjects. Check with the school you plan to attend to see if it’s required. Free SAT online instruction is available here.

The ACT and the SAT are the two tests with which you are probably most familiar. However, there are others.

The ACT ASSET Program is a series of short placement tests. It’s used primarily at community colleges and is on the Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems (KCTCS) approved list of tests. For more information, visit www.act.org/asset/index.html.

The ACT Computerized Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) is a series of tests in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a second language which helps pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in particular areas. COMPASS is on the KCTCS approved list of tests. For more information, visit www.act.org/compass/index.html.

The Career Programs Assessment ACT Compass measures basic skills in language, reading, and arithmetic and it takes about an hour to complete. Trade schools primarily use this test. For more information, visit www.act.org/cpat/index.html. (See next page for dates and fees for tests.)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is designed to measure a non-native English speaker’s proficiency with the language. More than 4,440 institutions accept TOEFL scores. For more information, visit www.toefl.org.

There are a couple of options available to give you a head start on your college education.

The first is the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination. You must take an AP course in high school to qualify. You can earn college credit and/or be eligible for advanced placement if grades are satisfactory. There are 34 courses in 19 disciplines. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com/ap/students/index.html.

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®), which offers 34 tests for many subjects taken during the first two years of college. These scores can be used to award credit or exemption for undergraduate college courses. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.