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SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. It is an acronym for Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test. It serves as a benchmark assessment for students in the areas of critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. It is one of the most recognized test scores for the college admissions process and is an entrance ticket to various institutions in the United States.

Additionally, it is administered by College Board. Likewise, the ACT, American College Testing, is another standardized test for college admissions in the United States. It is equivalent to the SAT and is accepted by all colleges as a method for measuring a student’s aptitude. The ACT has become popular with 59% of high school graduates in 2016 taking and submitting this exam. It is administered by ACT incorporation.

The SAT and ACT have many similarities, in that they both test sections on mathematics, critical reading and writing, including an optional essay. However, the ACT also includes a science reasoning test, which is aimed to assess students on problem solving skills rather than scientific knowledge. Although both tests are very similar in format and style, they are graded differently. Because both tests are accepted by colleges, students have the opportunity to choose which test they are better suited to.

Coaching Program

The NorthSouth SAT/ACT program is an online coaching program with an objective to augment NorthSouth students in getting admitted to the top universities. The coaches will review the necessary concepts and will guide the students on the strategies & techniques to take the SAT or ACT test. Extensive coaching will be provided to assist the students in all 3 sections of SAT and ACT comprising of critical reading, writing and mathematics. Better results are guaranteed if the students follow the program with due diligence and practice. The course is an entirely online program that uses an Internet based classroom tool, for the sessions. The students require a computer, high speed Internet connection, a headset and a microphone.

The PSAT 8/9 takes 2 hours and 25 minutes and includes 3 tests: (1) the Reading Test, (2) the Writing and Language Test, and (3) the Math Test. Most of the questions are multiple choice, though some of the math questions ask you to write in the answer rather than select it.

Students take the PSAT 8/9 in 8th and 9th grades to get early feedback on their knowledge in the areas that matter most for college and career readiness.

More information on the PSAT 8/9 program can be found on the CollegBoard website: The PSAT 8/9 – SAT Suite | College Board

Preparation for the SAT/ACT exams can be started early on. For that reason we offer the PSAT 8/9 program for middle schoolers. Please see the eligibility criteria below.


The eligibility criteria for participation is as follows:

  • PSAT 8/9: grades 6, 7, 8
  • Senior: grades 9, 10, 11

Please contact coaching@northsouth.org for any further questions