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ACT Test

The ACT Educational Plannning and Assessment System (EPAS) utilizes three tests, the ACT test, the PLAN test and the EXPLORE test, to help students and educators assess their progress and plan and prepare for college. Register for the final test, the ACT test, and study and view your scores here. (Click the link on the left for school code info.)

SAT Test

Register for the test, study and view your scores here. (Click the link on the left for school code info.)


We want you to be ready for the SAT Test! So you need to practice! Juniors will take the PSAT test for free in October. The 2015 test date is October 14th. Sophomores can take the test for $13. Freshmen will take the PSAT 9 on October 14th for free! Pay Mrs. Canfield or Mrs. Carter. Click here to find out more about the test and for test prep. Home school students may take the PSAT at Mason High School by calling Mrs. Canfield and ordering a test. The cost is $13, and the deadline to order is September 15th. 

My College Quickstart

This site will use your individual results on the PSAT Test to create an individualized study plan for you. Be sure to have your access code handy; you will need it to log in to access your information.

TSI Test for Writing
TSI Practice Tests
This is a link to the Houston Community College Website which has several practice tests for each section of the TSI test.  
TSI Test Sample Questions
This link will take you to sample questions published by the College Board, maker of the TSI test.  
What's the difference?
What's the difference between the ACT and the SAT?


Both the ACT and the SAT are nationally administered standardized tests that help colleges evaluate candidates. Most colleges and universities accept either test. So as you begin to think about college and creating the best application package possible, your admissions plan should begin with the question, "Which test should I take?" When weighing your options, keep in mind that there are differences in test structure and the type of content assessed. Use the chart below to see which test makes the most of your strengths to help you determine which test might be best for you.














3 hours, 25 minutes (including the 30-minute optional Writing Test)



3 hours, 45 minutes






4 test sections (5 with the optional Writing Test):
English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (Optional)



10 Sections: 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing (incl. the Essay), 1 Experimental (unscored)



Areas Tested



English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (optional)



Critical Reading, Math, Writing (includes the Essay), Experimental (unscored)



Reading (ACT) / Critical Reading (SAT)



4 Reading Comprehension passages, 10 questions per passage



Reading comprehension passages and questions, and sentence completion questions






Science (analysis, interpretation, evaluation, basic content, and problem solving)



Science not included






Math accounts for 1/4 of overall score

Topics Covered: Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry



Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score

Topics Covered: Arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and algebra II






Last thing you do (optional); 30 minutes



·         Not included in composite score



·         Topic of importance to high school students



·         Address counterarguments



First thing you do; 25 minutes



·         Factored into overall score



·         More abstract topic (vs. the ACT)



·         Pick a side and stick to it






Total composite score of 1-36 (based on average of 4 tests)



·         4 scores of 1-36 for each test



·         Score of 0-12 for the optional Essay



Total score out of 2400



·         3 scores of 200-800 for each section



·         Score of 0-12 for the Essay



Wrong Answer Penalty



No wrong answer penalty



1/4 point subtracted per wrong answer (except for Math Grid-in questions)



Test Contact Information



ACT, Inc.
(319) 337-1000



The College Board



Sending Score History



You decide which score is sent



Your entire score history will be sent automatically



How can I find out if a school accepts the ACT, SAT or both?
You should be able to find this information by visiting the school's website or by calling their admissions office.



How can I figure out which test I might score better on?
Learning about the differences between the two tests is one thing, knowing how you actually might score is another. The only way to know for sure is to take a practice test. Kaplan offers practice ACT, SAT, or SAT/ACT Combo Tests to help you identify which test could best showcase your strengths during the admission process.
TEST PREP IN BRADY! Copy and paste the form into an email, fill out the info and send to Mrs. Mays

SAT Prep Program Registration

Location: Brady High School

Dates: September 14th, 21st, 28th

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 

Brady High School is introducing an SAT Prep Program and we would like to invite you to attend.  We will be focusing on English skills and Math skills that are needed for the SAT test.  If you are interested in participating, please fill in the information below and return it to Mrs. Mays, Brady High School Counselor, by September 6th.  All high school students are invited regardless of classification.


Name: ______________________________________________________


Address: ____________________________________________________


School: ____________________________   Classification: ____________


Prior Testing Information


Please fill in all information that applies. 


PSAT score: ____________  


Highest SAT score: ____________


No Testing information: _____________


If you have any questions, you may reach me by email: [email protected] or call the high school at 325-597-2491.


                                                                             Thanks, Jill Mays