s you prepare for college, you'll encounter at least one (and probably more than one) of the following college entrance exams:

  ACT : American College Testing Exam
SAT : Scholastic Aptitude Test
Description: Three-hour exam; 215 questions; measures achievement in English, Math, Reading and Science. Scores on each section are averaged to create a composite score. Perfect score is 36. Students in the Midwest and South generally take the ACT.
Usually Taken: Spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year (or both, if you want a practice run).
Tips and Strategies: Your score is based on the number of correct answers ONLY. If you aren't sure, take a guess - it can't hurt you and it could help. Harder questions are worth the same amount as easy ones. Answer the easy questions first and leave the more time-consuming questions till the end. 
Contact:                   ACT Registration
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243
Phone: 319-337-1270

OHS High School Code = 241-935
ACT registration can be done on-line at www.actstudent.org.  Registration flyers are available in the career center.  The cost for the test is $50.50 for the non-writing test, $67.00 plus-writing test.  There is a late fee charge if not registered by the due date.
ACT Writing Test -Optional
Description: 30-minute test to write an essay. The ACT Writing Test complements the English Test. The combined information from both tests tells postsecondary institutions about students' understanding of the conventions of standard written English and their ability to produce a direct sample of writing.
Tips and Strategies: Carefully read the issue in the prompt. Decide how you want to answer, then jot down your ideas. Think of how best to organize the ideas in your essay.
** Check http://actrs19.act.org/app3/writPrefRM/ to obtain a list of colleges and universities that require the ACT Writing Test for admissions.

ACT Preparation
OHS Recommendations
 Coursework recommended prior to taking the ACT
   Minimum – complete Algebra II or Enriched Algebra II
  .Recommended – complete Pre-Calculus or Enriched Pre-Calculus

  Minimum – complete General Science or Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry
  Recommended– complete General Science or Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

  Minimum - complete American Literature or Enriched English 10
  Recommended - complete American Literature or Enriched English 10 and AP Literature and Composition
Recommendations for taking the optional ACT Writing test:
  Check the ACT website for specific college Recommendations:  www.act.org/aap/writingpref
Unless additional coursework in the content areas of math, science and English have been completed, it is not recommend that the ACT be re-taken.
ACT practice tests are available in the Career Center and can be self-scored by the students.
A Free ACT On-Line Prep is now available.  Juniors and Seniors interested in taking advantage of this prep are asked to see the secretary in the Career Center for additional information.  Seniors re-testing in October & December are strongly encouraged to participate.  Hurry!  Spots are limited.
You may also wish to check out:  March2success.com (ACT/SAT prep program).
SAT Reasoning Test
Description: 3½-hour exam measures critical thinking skills. The SAT includes a Critical Reading, Math, & Writing section, with a specific number of questions related to content. Scoring on each section ranges from 200-800 points, and the writing section will contain two sub scores.
Usually Taken: The test is typically taken by high school junior and seniors. It is administered twice a year. 
Tips and Strategies: The SAT I carries a "wrong answer penalty." If you guess right, you gain a point; if you guess wrong, you are penalized. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong before guessing. You can retake the test to improve your score and select which scores to send to your college. 
Contact:                   SAT Customer Service
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
Phone: 866-756-7346

Subject Test (formally SAT II)
Description: Designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge. The Subject Tests include English, History, Math, Science, and Foreign Language.
Usually Taken: The test is typically taken by high school junior and seniors. It is administered twice a year. 
Tips and Strategies: Before deciding which tests to take, make a list of the colleges you're considering. Then review school catalogs, College Search Engines, or College Handbooks to find out whether the schools require scores for admission and, if so, how many tests and in which subjects. Or consult your guidance counselor or college admissions representative to determine which tests you should take.