• BCHS CEEB Code:  030-581 - Students need to use this code to reference their home school.
    Dates for the SAT:             October 5, November 2, December 7, 2013, 
                                                       January 25, March 8, May 3 and June 7, 2014
    Dates for the ACT:      September 21, October 26, December 14, 2013
                                                      February 8, April 12, and June 14, 2014







    When is it administered?

    Seven times per year

    Six times per year

    What is the test structure?

    Ten-section exam : Three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The Experimental section is masked to look like a regular section.

    Four-section exam : English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. An Experimental section is added to tests on certain dates only, and is clearly experimental.

    What is the test content?

    Math : up to 9th grade basic geometry and Algebra II.

    Science: none.

    Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension.

    Writing: an essay, and questions testing grammar, usage, and word choice.

    Math : pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, geometry, and trigonometry.

    Science: charts, experiments.

    Reading: four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science.

    English: stresses grammar. (Include an optional essay.)

    How long is the test?

    3 hours 45 minutes

    3 hours 30 minutes (with the 30 minutes optional essay)

    Is there a penalty for wrong answers?

    Yes, for the multiple choice questions


    How is the test scored?

    200-800 per section, added together for a combined score. A 2400 is the highest possible combined score.

    1-36 for each subject, averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible composite score.

    Are all scores sent to schools?

    Yes. If a student requests a score report be sent to specific colleges, the report will include the scores the student received on every SAT taken.

    No . There is a "Score Choice" option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the schools will see.

    Are there other uses for the exams?

    Scholarship purposes.

    Scholarship purposes. Certain statewide testing programs.

    Need more information?

    Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    The College Board

    ACT, Inc.: