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.org – 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.
- 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
- FALL – PSAT
- WINTER/SPRING SAT/SAT II/ ACT
- FALL – SAT I or II /ACT October, November, December
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).