From the Office of Mr. Lawson

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  1. Your full name at the time of graduation
  2. Year graduated
  3. Where to send the transcript including an address, email address, or fax number.

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2017-2018 Important Dates
October 1, 2017 – 1st day to complete the FAFSA
October 3, 2017 – Hancock County College Fair (including financial aid informational presentations) 6:00-7:30 P.M. – Red Rogers Gymnasium, Hamilton High School
October 11, 2017 – Hamilton/Warsaw Financial Aid Workshop (bring your 2016 income tax information) 6:00-7:00 P.M. – Computer Lab, Warsaw High School
November 15, 2017 – Priority date for filing the FAFSA
April 5, 2018 – SAT School Day – The SAT will be given to ALL juniors at school, free of charge.

ACT and SAT Testing Information
Differences and Similarities


SAT

vs.

ACT

reasoning test

Type of Test

content-based test

Reading
Relevant words in context
Math
Grammar & usage
Analytical writing (optional)

Content Covered

Grammar & usage
Math
Reading
Science reasoning
Writing (optional)

Questions are evidence and
context-based in an effort to focus on real-world
situations and multi-step problem-solving

Test Style

Straightforward
Questions may be long, but are usually less difficult to decipher

Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranges 400-1600.

Scoring

English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range 1-36. Composite ACT score is the average of scores on the four sections; ranges 1-36.

No – you do not lose points for incorrect answers.

Penalty for Wrong Answers?

No – you do not lose points for incorrect answers.

Yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges.

Score Choice?

Yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges.

Questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage).

Difficulty Levels

Difficulty level of the questions is random.

Arithmetic
Problem-solving & data analysis
“Heart of algebra”
Geometry
Trigonometry
(FORMULAS PROVIDED)

Math Covered

Arithmetic
Algebra I and II
Functions
Geometry
Trigonometry
(NO FORMULAS ARE PROVIDED)

with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores.

Tends to be more popular?

with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores.

Section Breakdown
SAT


Section

Subject

# of Questions

Time (minutes)

1

Reading

52

65

2

Writing

44

35

3

Math (calculator prohibited)

20

25

4

Math (calculator optional)

38

55

5

Essay (optional)

1

50

TOTAL (no essay)

180

TOTAL (with essay)

230

ACT


Section

Subject

# of Questions

Time (in minutes)

1

English

75

45

2

Math (calculator optional)

60

60

3

Reading

40

35

4

Science Reasoning

40

35

5

Writing

1

40

TOTAL (no writing)

175

TOTAL (with writing)

215

Costs

 

SAT

ACT

Registration fee

$46.00

$46.00

Registration with Essay/Writing

$60.00

$62.50

Late registration

$75.00

$75.50

Late registration with Essay/Writing

$89.00

$92.00

2017-2018 Test Dates
SAT


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Online Score Release

August 26, 2017

July 28, 2017

August 15, 2017

September 18, 2017

October 7, 2017

September 8, 2017

September 27, 2017

October 20-26, 2017

November 4, 2017

October 5, 2017

October 25, 2017

November 17-23, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

November 21, 2017

December 15-21, 2017

March 10, 2018

February 9, 2018

February 28, 2018

March 23-29, 2018

May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018

April 25, 2018

May 18-24, 2018

June 2, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 23, 2018

July 11, 2018

ACT


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Estimated Score Release

September 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

August 18, 2017

September 19, 2017

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

October 6, 2017

November 7, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 17, 2017

December 19, 2017

February 10, 2018

January 12, 2018

January 19, 2018

February 20, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 23, 2018

April 24, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 19, 2018

July 14, 2018

June 15, 2018

June 22, 2018

July 24, 2018

Locations
SAT                                                                                                       ACT
Western Illinois University                                                         Southeastern Community College
1 University Circle                                                                          335 Messenger Road
Macomb, IL 61455                                                                           Keokuk, IA 52632            

Quincy High School
3322 Maine Street
Quincy, IL 62301

Do I need to take the Essay/Writing section?

SAT:  Check your college’s policy at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/college-essay-policies

ACT:  Check your college’s policy at https://actapps.act.org/writPrefRM/

How to Register

SAT:  Follow the steps listed at
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/online-registration-help

ACT:  Follow the steps listed at
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

 

Choosing the Right College
Considerations When Choosing a College:
Here are – in order – what I consider to be the most important factors to consider when choosing the right college.

  1. “Feel”
    1. Does it just seem like the right place for you?
    2. Is it someplace that could be your home-away-from-home for the next four years?
  2. Cost
    1. Public v. Private
    2. Availability of scholarships/financial aid
    3. Tuition
    4. Room & board
      1. Food
      2. Transportation
    5. Books, supplies, lab fees, etc.
  3. Location
    1. How far away from home do you want to be?
    2. How often do you want to go home?
    3. Transportation costs
    4. Size of city
  4. Size
    1. Of school
      1. Small (5,000 students or fewer)
      2. Medium (5,000-15,000 students)
      3. Large (15,000-30,000 students
      4. HUGE (more than 30,000 students)
    2. Class sizes
      1. Classroom sessions
      2. Lab/Discussion groups
  5. Academic standards: how easy/challenging is it to get accepted?
    1. Grades
    2. Standardized test scores
  6. Availability of academic programs/majors
  7. Reputation
  8. Affiliation (religious, etc.)
  9. Athletic/extracurricular opportunities

How do I find the answers to these questions?
Individual colleges’ websites
Unaffiliated college info sites such as CollegeData
Mr. Lawson has three copies of The Princeton Review Complete Book of Colleges 2018 Edition that you can check out.
Other Good Articles on Choosing the Right College
33 Factors for How to Choose a College
Academics Aside: 10 Factors to Consider in Choosing a College
15 Important-ish Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Information
How to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for admission to your college(s)
  2. Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (if dependent). This is a one-time process. The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and will serve as your legal signature. Create an FSA ID.  The following video is helpful in understanding the requirements to set up an FSA ID.  Instructional Video – How to Create an FSA ID.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is used to award federal, state, and some institutional aid.
  4. Complete and submit any “Required Documents” requested by the college.
  5. Once processing is complete, receive your award letter.
  6. If you are interested in a loan, complete the loan application processes.

FAFSA APPLICATION PROCESS BEGINS OCTOER 1
When to Apply for Financial Aid
For the 2018-19 Academic Year: Apply between October 1, 2017* through June 30, 2019 and use Income from 2016