What is the PSAT?
The PSAT is the "practice" or Preliminary SAT. It is an easier version of the SAT College entrance test. Rigorous classroom course work and reading a wide variety of books regularly are the best ways to prepare for the SAT. However, practice, practice is also key to success on any type of testing. The PSAT is designed for specifically for the 11th grade level student. Thus, all 11th grades scores are compared nationally in competition for the National Merit Scholarship program. The PSAT taken by 9th and 10th graders is simply practice and once again a good idea. This is why TCS administers this test every Fall on the national test date to all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. Students may practice all year round by going to www.collegeboard.org where you may take practice tests.
What is the PLAN Test?
The PLAN is the "practice" preliminary ACT test. It is an easier version of the ACT College entrance test. The PLAN is given to only 10th grade students nationally in the Fall. For more information you may go to www.actstudent.org. The PLAN was administered at TCS to all 10th graders in November each year. The PLAN score report provided is an excellent tool for ACT preparation as well as a great measuring tool for college readiness. Also provided is a projected ACT score.
What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?
The ACT is an "achievement" based test, testing knowledge gained in the classroom.
The SAT is a "reasoning" test, designed to measure a students ability to problem solve.
The ACT includes Reading, Writing, Math and Science.
The SAT include Reading Writing and Math.