Don’t Panic



Lenore Dougherty, Editor in chief & Social Media

Are you worried about all the specialized testing like the ACT, SAT, and looking for scholarships? Whether you are a freshman, a sophomore, a junior, or a senior it is never too early or too late to start.

The American College Test, or the ACT is a placement test that high school students can take up to twelve times. This test is often accepted in place of the SAT for college applications but it does not hurt to try both and see what you score best on. The ACT has a English, Math, Science. Reading and the optional writing section. It takes just over four hours to complete the whole test according to First, register for the test by going on the website ( and filling out the application as well as submitting an acceptable photo of yourself. Once you register you can start the study process using ACT Academy ( or looking around on the ACT website to see their other free resources as well as books for purchase.  One of their best resources is the printable practice test booklet that covers the information on how the test works, what the time limits are, and how to properly practice for the test. The first time you go in, you might be nervous but remember that you can take this test many times and it is okay if you mess up because it will not count if you do not want it to.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test is the SAT, this test is interchangeable with the ACT though this test does not cover science as one of the topics. The SAT is 180 minutes or three hours according to Prepscholar Blog. The SAT is very similar to the ACT for the way the testing sites and applications work. To register for the SAT go on the SAT website ( colllege board is your go-to website on almost all pre-college needs. Studying for the SAT can be done through Khan Academy ( ) this online tool even creates a time schedule for you and helps you through whatever problems you come across on the test to get you through it.

College Board is offering a list of scholarships for simply completing a list of tasks to become college ready like creating a list of ideal colleges. Going through College Board’s to-do list it will help you understand the steps you need to take in order to be ready for college. Scholarships are easy to find on for all subjects you may be interested in. There is a wide variety and many options to choose from. The money values can go from $100 to $50,000 and they come from many different sources.



The High-Schooler’s to-do list:

-Register for the ACT on

-To study for the ACT go to or look for a tutor

-Register for the SAT on

-Study for the SAT on

-For Scholarships go on