Nearly every college and university bases a large part of their admission decision on standardized test scores, so it is important that students prepare for these tests and strive to achieve the best possible score. The standardized tests that most colleges use for admission are the ACT and SAT. Tests like the ACT and SAT are designed to objectively measure academic potential and, while some are able to improve their scores with preparation, there is no sure-fire way to do so. The best way to prepare is to become familiar with the test and the types of questions that are asked.
UB accepts results from either the ACT, with the writing section, or the SAT. If a student submits both ACT and SAT scores, the higher score is considered. We also use the highest SAT critical reading and math test scores from different test dates for a highest combined score.
Note: UB requires that all students take the writing section of the SAT and ACT. However, for the SAT, admission decisions will be based only on the combined critical reading and math scores. UB requires that all official test scores be transmitted directly from the testing agency.
During the first half of the sophomore year in high school, students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT. This is essentially a “prep” test intended to familiarize students with the SAT and serve as a gauge to potential performance on that test. The PSAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To be considered for this award, the PSAT is a requirement. Learn more about the PSAT.
The ACT is offered on several dates during the second semester of junior year and the first semester of senior year. It consists of four multiple-choice sections: English, math, reading, and science reasoning. There is also an optional writing test, which measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Scores for each test range from 1 to 36. The composite score is reached by averaging the four scores. UB requires the writing test. Learn more about the ACT.
Like the ACT, the SAT is offered during the second half of junior year and first half of senior year. The SAT comprises three sections: critical reading, math and writing, with scores ranging from 200 to 800 for each section. The highest possible combined score is 2400. In evaluating applications, UB uses the highest SAT critical reading and math scores from different test dates for a highest combined score. Note: The writing component of the SAT or ACT is required, but it is not currently used for admission decisions. Learn more about the SAT.
Last updated: November 06, 2012 11:29 am EST