Georgia Student Assessments and Other Common Assessments
The purpose of the Georgia Student Assessment Program is to measure student achievement of the state-adopted content standards and inform efforts to improve teaching and learning. Results of the assessment program are utilized to identify students failing to achieve mastery of content, to provide teachers with feedback about instructional practice, and to assist school districts in identifying strengths and weaknesses in order to establish priorities in planning educational programs.
The New Georgia Milestones Assessment
The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. Click Here to read more about the Georgia Milestones.
ACT or SAT
Colleges will take one or the other. It doesn’t necessarily mean one is better than the other. If you take the SAT several times and are unable to attain a score you need for college or scholarships, you may want to sign up and take the ACT. Both tests accept waiver forms.
The most efficient way to decide how many times you want to take the test is to look at the college admissions requirements for the school you plan to apply to. It really isn’t necessary to take a college entrance exam 3 or 4 times if your scores meet the requirements you are trying to attain. Keep in mind that some merit scholarships require higher SAT or ACT scores than the regular admission requirement.
What are the differences in the ACT and SAT?
|Aptitude Test– tests reasoning and verbal abilities, not what you learned in school.||Achievement– tests what you have learned in school|
|Test Prep helps, but you really can’t study for this test.||Studying subjects can help boost your score.|
|Length-3 hours and 45 minutes||Length-3 hours and 25 minutes|
|Total questions-140+ essay||Total questions-215+ optional essay|
|No Science||A lot of science-but those who do well on critical reading portion of SAT often do well on the science section of ACT.|
|Writing Skills-very much alike||Writing Skills-very much alike but more of an emphasis on punctuation|
|Scoring-1 point for correct; ¼ point off for incorrect; 0 points off for blanks; 3 sections worth 800 points each for a total of 2400.||Scoring-points for correct; 0 points taken for incorrect or blanks; 4 sections averaged for a total possible of 36 points.|
|Vocabulary-more emphasis on vocabulary||Vocabulary-less emphasis in English section (more emphasis on grammar).|
|Organization-questions get more difficult the further into the test; more math questions + more required written answers; essay comes first.||Organization-constant level of difficulty;less math questions + all multiple choice;essay comes last if you signed up.|
|Fees-$50.00; subject tests have additional||Fees-without Writing $38.00; with Writing$54.50|
|Sign up online or mail.||Sign up online or mail.|
What are test dates for ACT?
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Fee Required|
What are test dates for SAT?
|SAT Dates||Registration Deadline|
Are there any websites to help prepare students for the ACT and SAT?
The College Board has partnered with KHAN Academy to provide no-cost SAT Preparation tutoring. The KHAN Academy link for this tutorial program is: http://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
Download and take a real, full-length practice test. Watch videos showing step-by-step solutions to problems you missed or found challenging, and get even more practice with unreleased questions from real SATs provided by College Board.