College Admissions Testing
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING: PSAT, SAT,
SAT II Subject Test, and ACT
There are nearly 30,000 high schools in the
Below is a brief description of each test and an explanation as to who should take the test and when. Also, you will find a number of links that will help you prepare for the test.
PSAT is offered in October. The test provides sophomores and juniors the opportunity to practice for the SAT. Students are issued a study guide when they register to take the test in the guidance office. In December students will receive a score report which serves as an excellent study guide for the SAT. It is highly recommended that Juniors considering college should take the PSAT. During the junior year the PSAT is used to select students for National Merit Scholarships. The results of the PSAT’s have no bearing on acceptance to college it is strictly a practice test. Click on the following link to view a power point that explains how students should utilize their score report. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload...
SAT I Reasoning Test is designed to measure a student’s ability to handle college level work. The three sections of the test include the verbal, math, and writing tests. They measure the student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills along with the student’s writing abilities. In most cases students are prepared to take their first SAT test in the spring of their junior year. If you are considering taking the test earlier please contact your guidance counselor. Registering for the SAT is done on-line at www.collegeboard.com
SAT II Subject Tests: There are 22 different subject tests designed to measure a student’s knowledge in a specific academic area. Not all colleges require student’s to take SAT II tests, however it is very important to check with the colleges you are applying to and know if they require any of the subject tests. Registering for the SAT II is done on-line at www.collegeboard.com
ACT: test covers four subject tests in Math, English,