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University Prep

College-Admissions Tests

Balmoral Hall School is an ACT & SAT Test Centre


The ACT and SAT are college-admissions tests that are used as indicators of readiness for attending universities or colleges in the United States. The “SAT” (Scholastic Assessment Test) refers to two tests: the standardized comprehensive test and the SAT Subject Test. The College Board of Princeton, New Jersey administers both tests.

Both SAT and ACT are widely accepted across the country. Always check the specific requirements of the university you wish to apply.

Generally speaking, the SAT tests critical thinking and problem solving and the ACT is a content-based test. Success on one test over the other depends on the strengths and weaknesses of the student as a test-taker. Balmoral Hall prepares our students by pre-testing both tests. We recommend students begin by taking both tests, then we help students to prepare for the test most suitable for them.

ACT Testing

The ACT has 4 tests: English, Reading, Math and Science, as well as an optional 30 minute written essay. Some schools may require the essay, so be sure to ask before you take the test. The ACT plus writing is often allowable in place of the two SAT Subject tests.

As a curriculum-based test, the ACT test is considered more straight-forward than the SAT. The ACT has a science section as well as a section of more advanced math concepts.

You may take the ACT several times. Although the individual section scores provide detail about your performance in that area, the composite score is the most valuable for university/college decisions.

SAT Testing

The SAT tests students’ knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college.

The Redesigned SAT (implemented January, 2016) includes math, evidence-based reading and writing and an optional essay. Reading passages will include historical and/or scientific references and include graphs and/or charts. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom—including how they think, solve problems, and communicate.

Many selective schools also require two subject tests. SAT Subject Tests are an hour long and consist entirely of multiple-choice questions focused on a particular subject.

You may take the SAT as many times as you want but students cannot write the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. However, as many as three SAT Subject tests may be written on the same day.

Scores from individual sections (reading, writing, and mathematics) can be submitted from the test date at which the student scored the highest in that section.

Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.