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Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC)

A start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses-FSA, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, AP and more! (Full list here)
    • Students have the opportunity to take up to two practice tests for each exam per account. If a student exceeds the number of exams they can create a new account.
  • Dozens of eBooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
  • Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiation

TERC does require a user name and password for each user. There is a password retrieval option in the event the password is forgotten.

Below is the direct link to the TERC resource:

Direct link to TERC only. If using the site off campus the password to get to get to the site is "student": http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/wint42607?db=TERC

Tutorial on navigating TERC: http://solutions.cengage.com/gale-training/video/testing-education/

 

ACT - ACT Website

Tips for Taking the ACT

  • Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
  • Read the directions for each test carefully.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
  • Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
  • Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen.
  • Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.
  • On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
  • Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
  • If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test.
  • Mark your answers neatly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging.
  • Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing the essay after time has been called or you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.

 

SAT - College Board

The Official SAT Online Course

West Orange High School now has access to the official SAT online course to help you prepare for the SAT. This online course will be accessible until January 31st 2016.

How to register:

  1. Go to www.satonlinecouseschool.com .
  2. In the student area, select “Register now”.
  3. Go to school code, type 101885, and click submit.
  4. If you have a present College Board account, click on present account and type your username and password. If no CollegeBoard account, click “create new account”.
  5. Click on “SAT/ACT/SCHOLARSHIP” and press next.
  6. To complete registration click confirm.

 

With this online class you can:

 

  • Take the official full-length pretest.
  • Work through the lessons and quizzes.
  • Take the practice quizzes.
  • Take an official full-length practice test.
  • Take another official practice test.

Important test taking tips:

  • Answer easy questions first. The easier questions are usually at the start of the section, and the harder ones are at the end. The exception is in the critical reading section, where questions are ordered according to the logic and organization of each passage.
  • Make educated guesses. If you can rule out one or more answer choices for multiple-choice questions, you have a better chance of guessing the right answer.
  • Skip questions that you really can't answer. No points are deducted if an answer is left blank.
  • Limit your time on any one question. All questions are worth the same number of points. If you need a lot of time to answer a question, go on to the next one. Later, you may have time to return to the question you skipped.
  • Keep track of time. Don't spend too much time on any group of questions within a section.
  • Use your test booklet as scratch paper.
  • Mark the questions in your booklet that you skipped and want to return to.
  • Check your answer sheet to make sure you are answering the right question.
  • Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil. It is very important that you fill in the entire circle on the answer sheet darkly and completely. If you change your response, erase it as completely as possible.

PSAT - College Board

PSAT test is scheduled in October of each year. All ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students will be testing and need not register.

 

About PSAT/NMSQT

The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • critical reading skills
  • math problem-solving skills
  • writing skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
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