USA

Mathematics education in North America schools is based on the following main ideas:

  • typical problems mainly applied
  • repeated demonstration of the same solution method (algorithmic approach)
  • predominant role of the visual material
  • lack of mathematical proofs
  • low level of requirements in primary (1-7) and secondary school (8-10) and too rapid increase of complexity in grades 11 and 12.

Two main tests ACT (American College Testing) and  SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) are standardized tests for high school achievements and college (university) in the United States. ACT test has  consisted of four tests: English,  Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.  These  main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1–36, and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores. The current SAT Reasoning Test, introduced in 2005, takes three hours and forty-five minutes to finish, and costs $50 ($81 International), excluding late fees. Possible scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections (Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing).  Four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT or SAT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests , compared to other factors of evaluation such as class rank, GPA, and extracurricular activities. Class rank is a measure of how a student’s performance compares to other students in his or her class. It is commonly also expressed as a percentile. Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by taking the number of grade points a student earned in a given period of time divided by the total number of credits taken. For instance, a student may have a GPA better than 750 of his or her classmates in a graduating class of 800. In this case, his or her class rank would be 50, and their class percentile would be 94. Extracurricular activities are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education, performed by students.  Extracurricular activities exist at all levels of education, from 4th-6th, junior, high school, college and university  education. In 2011 the ACT surpassed the SAT as 1,666,017 students took the ACT and 1,664,479 students took the SAT.

Below, it is shown a few test samples with a few questions:

1) ACT, set #1;

2)  ACT, set #2;

3) ACT, set #3;

4) ACT, set #4;

5) ACT, set #5;

6) SAT, set #1;

7) SAT, set #2;

8) SAT, set #3;

Whole SAT Level 1 Practice Test, 50 questions. You have 1 hour to complete it.

Whole SAT Level 2 Practice Test, 50 questions. You have 1 hour to complete it.