Testing & Test Prep
Preparing for the ACT and SAT
It is no secret that the SAT is a high stakes test as it pertains to college admission and scholarships. BCHS knows there is more to each student than a test score, but we also recognize that this is an important tool for all students who are college-bound. Given that, we take preparing for the SAT very seriously, and ask that parents partner with the school to help each of our students.
First, know that BCHS is preparing students for the SAT in our courses. Each BCHS course has SAT questions built into exams, tests, warm-ups, and lessons. This adds to the quality of the course but also helps the student do well on the SAT. BCHS also gives students a series of standardized tests, and those results are analyzed by the teaching staff. This data analysis helps staff to determine weaknesses in our curriculum as it pertains to the standardized tests. Staff work very hard to put the following into action in our courses. Click Here to see what BCHS does in preparation for the testing.
In addition to the preparation we do at BCHS, we encourage students to practice on their own. This includes taking timed tests and looking over the results of the standardized tests after taking them to know weaknesses and strengths. All this can be done on a free resource called Kahn Academy. We encourage students to spend 9 hours and at least 1 practice test on Kahn Academy website prior to taking the SAT. All juniors have been registered on Kahn Academy, and it is free and open to all students. To get registered, click on KHAN ACADEMY FOR SAT.
Why SAT & PSAT?
Starting in the Spring of 2016, all Michigan high schools must administer the NEW SAT to all juniors. The testing schedule can be found on our school calendar, but is typically the first Tuesday after Spring break. To find out what to expect on the new SAT, click on the NEW SAT TEST SPECS INFORMATION link. For changes click on the SAT CHANGES FOR 2016 .
SAT has partnered up with KHAN academy for students to get individual help. BCHS will be using Khan Academy to help with individual student progress. For more information click on KHAN ACADEMY FOR SAT.
The PSAT is offered at Byron Center High School in October every year. We encourage sophomores and juniors to take this test to prepare for the SAT and to qualify for scholarships, including the National Merit Scholarship. We also give 8th, 9th, and 10th grade the PSAT for their specific grade each year in the spring.
About the ACT
The ACT is a rigorous nationally recognized optional test that has been shown to give a direct correlation to college and career readiness and success. Because of this correlation, colleges and universities are relying on this test to give an accurate determiner of college readiness. For that reason, it is extremely important for high school students to score well on this test.
Although schools will be giving the SAT, we still highly recommend students take the ACT as well. The June testing after a student's junior year is often prefered to maximize learning of the junior material. For ACT locations click here for the ACT TESTING CENTERS.
Students can practice the ACT by visiting the website act.student.org.