College Readiness Testing Information
ACT and SAT Exams
The ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests are exams designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students.
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. The SAT is the most widely used college admission test. Learn what it tests and how you can best prepare. SAT Subject Tests can complement or enhance your college admission credentials. Click on the SAT / College Board Home Page to learn more about this test, testing dates, and to register for the SAT.
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Click on the ACT information page to learn more about this test, testing dates, and to register for the ACT.
What are the differences between the SAT and the ACT?
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in the general high school curriculum. The SAT is more of an skills-based aptitude test, testing a student's reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Evidence Based Reading and Writing, Mathematics, and a optional Essay. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you’re applying to.
The PSAT, SAT, and ACT Tests have no correction for guessing. That is, they don't take off for wrong answers.
The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.
The college(s) of your choice may require a specific test or they may accept either test. Be sure you check the requirements of your college(s).
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A limit of two correspondence credits for acceleration can be earned from educational institutions outside Rockwall ISD.
Prior approval to enroll in a correspondence course must be obtained through an application available in the counseling office. In order to be a candidate for graduation, students must complete these courses by May 1. Grades earned in correspondence courses will not be used in computing class ranking. Correspondence courses may be accepted as part of the high school graduation requirements, provided that the courses are taken from one of the institutions approved by TEA: Texas Tech University, The University of Texas or the Texas Virtual School Network.
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