Beginning in 2015-16 school year, the redesigned SAT will replace the SBAC/Smarter Balanced test as a graduation performance task requirement. The state of Connecticut now requires ALL juniors to take the SAT which will be administered during the school day at Lyman Hall High School. The CollegeBoard has made significant content, format, and scoring changes to the SAT test in 2016. Now, the SAT prioritizes content that reflects what students have learned in the classroom and what they will encounter in college and future work lives. We have put together an important document for students and parents outlining the important changes.
Before the test:
All students have created a Khan Academy account, which creates a personalized SAT practice test based entirely off PSAT results in areas that could be strengthened. This is a tool that all students should be utilizing to prepare for the SAT.
Preparing for the ACT guide
What to Bring on Test Day
On SAT test day, all students should bring the following items with them:
- Admission Ticket - login to your CollegeBoard account & print your admission ticket. You cannot be admitted without it
- Two No. 2 pencils with erasers - mechanical pencils are NOT allowed
- Calculator - You are allowed to use a calculator during the 55 minute Math section. Check the CollegeBoard website for which calculators are approved
- Drinks & snacks for between breaks!
- Important Note: All electronic devices must be turned off during the test & even during breaks. This includes cellphones, tablets, and MP3 players- no headphones!
SAT/ACT Prep Classes & Tutors
The School Counseling Department is often asked to recommend programs to help prepare students for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Many of our students have had success by participating in a preparatory course, while others have participated and did not experience significant results.
The School Counseling Department has provided information to assist you and your decision. Our experience suggests that the two most significant factors in enrolling in an SAT program are:
- The student’s measured ability in relation to their SAT scores. We have found that students with superior ability and average results in the SAT profit from a preparatory course.
- The student’s willingness to make a significant commitment to the preparatory course. This suggests that the students treat the course as an additional academic class with a daily prescribed routine to improve vocabulary, reading and math skills.
Professional SAT prep courses make many claims concerning their ability to raise scores. There are many differences in cost, length of courses, and backgrounds of the instructors. Be careful and thorough. We suggest speaking with another student who has taken the prep course.
In the table below are names, addresses, phone numbers, contacts, and costs (when available and subject to change.) The data simply represents organizations which have forwarded to us their information.