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The ACT is a 3-hour test that focuses on core curriculum knowledge acquired in school. There are four sections: math, English, reading, and science. The essay section is optional for all students and is not part of Talent Search recognition ceremony or interpretive guide data. Guessing is not penalized and scores range from 1-36. ACT is typically given in 11th grade and is mandated in many states as a high school completion assessment, including Montana, being most popular in the Midwest and South, though all 4-year colleges take ACT scores.
The ACT costs $100 to take through WATS.
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The SAT is a 3-hour test with four sections measuring skills in reading, writing, and math (with/without calculator). The essay section is optional for all students and is not part of Talent Search recognition ceremony or interpretive guide data. SAT is typically taken in 11th grade and is more popular on the Coasts, though all 4-year colleges take SAT scores. Guessing is not penalized and scores range from 200-800 on each area test, with a composite of 400-1600 possible. SAT is now mandated in many states as a completion assessment, including Colorado.
The SAT costs $125 to take through WATS.
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The PSAT 8/9 is a 2 1/2-hour test written in the same format as the SAT. There are three sections: reading, writing, and math. Guessing is not penalized and scores range from 240-1440, easily comparable to SAT scores, and including personalized SAT study materials through Khan Academy. PSAT 8/9 is typically available in the 8th and 9th grades (NOT 8 or 9 yr-olds) as a precursor to PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT.
The PSAT 8/9 costs $90 to take through WATS.
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