Signature Programs

Standardized Testing

​​Testing with Accommodations at Westmark

Testing with Accommodations at WestmarkBoth SAT and ACT are available with accommodations to all Westmark students with neuropsychiatric testing that is no more than three years old. If your student’s test is outdated, he/she must be retested in order to qualify for accommodations on either test. Mr. Dramitinos arranges all accommodations once you provide him with the necessary paperwork.

Students register with a paper form that is provided by Westmark –
they DO NOT register for the tests online.

*Please note: Families must submit scores for the ACT or SAT to the colleges of their choice. Westmark does not submit scores to colleges.

PSAT

PSATIn October, as part of the Westmark School Testing Program, all sophomores and juniors take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test).

  • No advance registration or preparation is necessary on the student’s part.
  • The PSAT measures students’ verbal, writing, and mathematical abilities generally associated with academic achievement in college.
  • It offers students a preview of the SAT. Although the PSAT is shorter than the SAT, the basic format and the level of difficulty of both tests are identical.
  • NO ACCOMMODATIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE PSAT.

SAT

SATSome Westmark students choose to take the SAT for college admissions. The SAT is divided into three sections, each worth 800 points:

  • The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  • The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying punctuation errors and improving grammar and usage.
  • The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. This section typically goes beyond the level of math taught at Westmark.
  • Many schools only use the reading and mathematics sections as their measure of a student’s score, leaving out the writing score.

    COLLEGE BOARD
  • ACT

    ACTThe ACT is a popular alternative to the SAT and when taken with the writing section, is accepted at every college in the county as the equivalent of the SAT. Most Westmark students experience more success on the ACT than the SAT, and we recommend that students take this test. The ACT tests students on information they have learned in high school, versus the SAT, which tests students on information they should know as a college freshman.

    The ACT includes four sections, each worth a high score of 36 points:

  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • The ACT with writing also includes an essay.

    In order for the ACT to be accepted as a substitute for the SAT, students MUST take the ACT WITH WRITING.

    The high score for the essay is 12. Each area is scored individually, resulting in a composite score.

    The national average composite score for the ACT is 21, the equivalent of an SAT score of approximately 1580.

    ACT WEBSITE

    Manoli Dramitinos
    Upper School
    Testing Coordinator

    mdramitinos@westmarkschool.org

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