SAT

SAT:  Information updated September 1, 2020

 

The SAT exam coordinator is Mrs. Bafus (bafusr@msd281.org); her office is in the Career Center (Room 125A).

PARENT NOTIFICATION LETTER from College Board


Graduation requirement:  The SAT is a college entrance exam which is a high school graduation requirement in the State of Idaho.  


College admissions:  Idaho public colleges and universities are not requiring a college entrance exam for the class of 2021 as part of their admission requirements.  However, the exam could be required for scholarship and/or financial aid awards.  Students are advised to check the school(s) they are applying to for accurate up-to-date information.

National test dates:  College Board provides testing at test centers throughout the U.S.  These are in addition to the Idaho SAT School Day where the exam is held at MHS and is paid for by the State of Idaho.  Students can utilize the national test dates if they want but will be responsible for the cost of the exam.  Fee waivers are available for the national test dates. See your school counselor for more information. Link to College Board for the most up to date test schedule and registration deadlines for national test dates.
- Cost is $52 for the exam only and $68.00 with the essay
- Register at collegeboard.org

Idaho SAT School Day Fall (October 14, 2020):  This date is for the class of 2021 (this year’s seniors).  It was rescheduled due to COVID 19.  If necessary, a makeup exam may be offered October 27, 2020.  If you previously registered for the SAT with Essay you can still take the essay if you want.  Please let Mrs. Bafus know so she can make sure you get an essay booklet.  You do not need to opt-in again and if you don't want to do the essay you don't have to.

- Testing will occur in groups of 12 throughout the school utilizing teachers' classrooms.  
- Arrive to your assigned room at 8:10 a.m. 
- The standard SAT exam will conclude at approximately 12 p.m.
- Those taking the essay will get done around 1 p.m.
- Students with accommodations will take longer and Mrs. Bafus will contact you directly.
- Room locations will be announced.
 

Idaho SAT School Day Spring (April 13, 2021):  This exam day is for the class of 2022 (this year’s juniors).  If necessary, a makeup exam may be offered April 27, 2021.

 

What if I have already taken a college entrance exam?  You do not need to participate in the October 14 SAT School Day.  Please let Mrs. Bafus know.

 

Registration:   If you are in the class of 2021 MHS will take care of your registration.  You do not need to do anything to register. 

 

Cost:  Paid for by the State of Idaho.

 

SAT with Essay information:  The April 13, 2021 should have the essay available.  You may also view this 2.26-minute video Introduction to the SAT Essay by College Board.  School counselors will provide students with information about the essay and they will have an opportunity to sign up for it if they choose.

Do I need to study?  You can.  Usually studying for a test increases your chances of getting a better score.  Your PSAT/NMSQT student guide has a practice test insert that you can score yourself.  Khan Academy has detailed SAT information, practice, and diagnostic tools that can help you focus your studying on your areas of need.  They have paper tests as well.  Khan Academy recommends taking two full paper practice tests because you get a realistic sense of how long the test is and where you tend to get tired or mentally blocked.  According to Khan Academy, if you study the SAT prep materials they offer, you will be more than prepared to succeed on the PSAT/NMSQT The PSAT/NMSQT and SAT tests focus on what you have already learned in high school.  They measure your reasoning and critical thinking skills.  If you decide to study, set up a realistic schedule, and take a break the night before the test (Khan Academy). 

MHS test prep:  Ms. Lyon and Ms. Hannon offer about a dozen test preparation sessions every spring.  Students will be informed of the schedule once published and it will be in the daily bulletin as well.  Some of the sessions include SAT overview, Reading, Heart of Algebra, Passport to advanced math, Essay, Strategies & practice for everyone, Writing & language, Problem-solving & data analysis.  Khan Academy test prep is available free of charge as well.


Test length:  PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours 45 minutes.  The SAT is 3 hours 50 minutes.  Test administration adds to these times.

Supplies to bring:  Bring two or three No. 2 wooden pencils.  Mechanical pencils are not allowed.  You may also bring an acceptable calculator.  You can bring a backup calculator and batteries as well.  With that said, all questions can be answered without a calculator.  Also, bring a water bottle and your own snack if you want.  Grab-n-go snacks will be available:  Nature Valley Chewy Chocolate Chunk granola bars and cheese sticks.  

Prohibited devices:  Phones will need to be silenced and left in backpacks which cannot be accessed until the exam is over.  Students may wear a regular type watch with NO alarm.  Smartwatches of any kind are prohibited.  Mechanical pencils are not allowed.


Bubble sheet schools of thought:  There are different schools of thought on this and it is up to you which one to use.  One is to transfer every answer one at a time to your answer sheet.  The other is to avoid going back and forth from your booklet to your answer3 sheet on every question; complete a section and then transfer your answers to the bubble sheet.  This method is said to be beneficial because it will not interrupt your flow and concentration and will also help to make sure you enter your answers correctly by avoiding jumping back and forth.  However, if you decide to use this method, just make sure you leave enough time to transfer your answers to your bubble sheet.

Guessing:  There is no penalty for guessing or blank responses.  This is known as "rights-only scoring".

Student guide:  Mrs. Bafus will distribute student guides to you (probably through your English teachers).  Reading the guide will help you understand how each category of the test is presented and will tell you what to expect.  The sections of the test are evidence-based reading and writing, writing and language, and math.

SAT phone app: The College Board app is called Daily Practice SAT.  There is a question of the day, a test bank of questions, you can link your Khan Academy account to utilize their diagnostics so that you can work on areas of need, and you can also score your paper practice tests.

Test day:  Be sure you are fueled up and well-rested the morning of the test.  

Growth mindset:
  Disappointment happens to everyone, and while we may feel like the world comes crashing down when we fail, you may be surprised at how much you learn and grow from each challenging experience (Khan Academy).