In addition to assessments they take in class, students take standardized tests as ways to track their learning and give teachers valuable information. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 will be an all-school Testing Day at District 99. Please view the video (click here) or read the FAQ below for details.
District 99 is also required by the state of Illinois to give other assessments; scores are used by faculty and staff to make instructional and programmatic decisions. Click here for a list of all D99 assessments
FAQ About the SAT Suite of Assessments at District 99
D99 Testing Day - April 5, 2017
- What tests will be administered on April 5?
- Are students required to take the test?
- Is the SAT that District 99 will give to juniors considered an "official" assessment?
- Do colleges and universities in the Midwest accept the SAT?
- Can students send their scores directly to a college or university?
- When will students receive their scores?
Format of the SAT
- Has the SAT changed over the years?
- What information is included on the SAT?
- Are students penalized for guessing on the SAT?
- What scores will students receive?
- Will my student's SAT score appear on his/her transcript?
- What calculators are permitted to use to take the SAT?
Strategies for Test Taking
- What resources are available to students to prepare for the SAT?
- How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?
- What test prep companies does D99 recommend?
District 99 will administer the suite of SAT assessments to all District 99 freshmen, sophomores and juniors on April 5. Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9, sophomores will take the PSAT 10 and juniors will take the SAT. Click here for information about the SAT suite of assessments. Seniors will be excused from school on Testing Day.
All students are automatically registered to take these assessments through District 99. Students do not need to take any other action to register.
Yes. All juniors in the state of Illinois are required to take the SAT test.
Yes. The SAT that juniors will take at school for free is an official test with essay. Students can use this score when applying to colleges; students may send their score to up to four colleges. They will select which colleges during their English classes, before the SAT is administered. NOTE: Although the scores will appear on the student’s transcript, many colleges/universities require an official score report directly from CollegeBoard. Please check with each college/university on their requirements.
Visit the College Board website for details about other testing dates, which are available at the student’s expense.
Yes. All colleges and universities in the U.S. will accept results from either the SAT or the ACT.
Can students send their scores directly to a college or university?
Yes. For free, students can send up to four score reports from the school-administered SAT test to the colleges of their choice. All juniors will receive time in their English class to complete this portion of the SAT ahead of time, and select where to send their scores. Students must select which schools to send the report three weeks before or up to nine days after the test.
District 99 has been told that student scores will be available "May-June." We advise students to check their College Board accounts online starting in early May.
The new SAT was administered for the first time in March 2016. The new SAT is aligned to the New Illinois Learning Standards and is very different from the old SAT. Click here to read more about these changes.
What information is included on the SAT?
The SAT includes two sections comprised of three tests: Evidence Based Reading, Math, Writing & Language and an optional essay. (The essay will be part of the school-administered test.)
- Evidence Based Reading is made up of passages or pairs of passages (literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences).
- Math is based on content in the strands of algebra, advanced algebra, geometry, statistics and some trigonometry. District 99’s integrated math curriculum prepares students for the compilation of this math content.
- Writing & Language is based on grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills.
- The essay is based on a passage and students explain how the author builds a persuasive argument.
For detailed information, please click here to see the College Board website.
Are students penalized for guessing on the SAT?
No. Students are not penalized for guessing on the SAT.
What scores will students receive?
Students will receive a total score that ranges between 400 and 1600. There are two section Scores, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (200-800) and Math (200-800). In addition, students will receive cross-test scores and various subscores. To understand more about the score structure, please click here.
Will my student's SAT score appear on his/her transcript?
Yes, your student's SAT test score will appear on his/her transcript. Parents may elect to sign an opt-out form to have the scores excluded from the transcript. Contact your counselor for the form.
Although the scores will appear on the student’s transcript, many colleges/universities require an official score report directly from CollegeBoard. Please check with each college/university on their requirements.
Please click here to see which graphing calculators are approved to use on the SAT Math Test - Calculator section.
As a junior, I'm required to take the SAT at school, but should I also take the ACT?
It is a good idea for students to take a practice test for the ACT to determine whether the SAT or ACT assessment might be the best fit. Practicing will allow students to understand the types of questions each assessment covers as well as the time allotted for responding. You may find that you perform better on one test versus the other. Remember, colleges and universities will accept either the SAT or ACT.
What resources are available to prepare for the SAT?
One major benefit of the SAT suite of assessments is the customized instruction that students receive. Free practice resources are available through Khan Academy. A student will need to link their College Board account with Khan Academy.
Resources for students to prepare include:
- Being present and paying close attention in class
- Finding out what questions you'll see on the SAT (click here)
- Taking SAT Practice on Khan Academy (click here)
- Simulating test day by taking a practice test (click here)
- Downloading the free practice app called “Daily Practice SAT,” for iPhone and Android devices (click here for info and to download)
How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?
This decision is best made by the individual student and family. For most students, three times is about the maximum between the start of the junior year and the middle of the senior year. In some special cases, four times may be needed, but that should be the exception.
What test prep companies does D99 recommend?