College Admissions Testing Info


This exam is given once a year in October. ALL college-bound sophomores and juniors should register to take this test. This is a practice SAT I exam to acclimate the students to the SAT and to provide predictive information for SAT performance. It is also used by the National Merit Corporation to identify highly qualified juniors for recognition.

*New and revised PSAT beginning October 2015

This is a three and one-half hour test, pided into three sections: Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The scores range from 200-800 in each section. It is recommended that students take the exam two or three times, two of which should be in their junior year.

*New and revised SAT beginning March 2016. For more information go to:

This test is an alternative to the SAT. It can be taken during a student's junior and/or senior years. The ACT is pided into four parts: Math, English, Science Reasoning, Reading, and an optional Writing section. The student will receive a composite score from 1-36. Students with a solid course background and good grades are encouraged to take the ACT test as an alternative to or in addition to the SAT.

SAT II (Subject Tests)
Students applying to selective schools are required to take the SAT II subject area tests (usually three exams). Each test is one hour long so students can take one, two or three at one administration. Each subject score ranges from 200-800. Students taking advanced coursework in math or science in their freshman or sophomore years may wish to take the related exam; ask your teacher or counselor for more information (ex: a student taking AP Physics B in grade 9 or Honors Chemistry in grade 10 may wish to take the SAT II in that subject area). Most students take the SAT II subject tests at the end of their junior year or beginning of their senior year. You should consult your counselor for the timing of the test.

For more information about test dates for SAT, SAT Subject Tests and on-line registration, please go to:

For more information about test dates for the ACT and on-line registration, please go to: Frequently Asked Questions about College Admissions Testing While the following questions and answers will provide general information, it is best to contact inpidual colleges and testing agencies directly for detailed answers and the most up-to-date information.
  • General Questions
    • What is the difference between the SAT and ACT? Is one preferred over the other by colleges?
      The SAT tests students' critical thinking skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The ACT® assesses students' general educational knowledge in English, mathematics, reading, and science and includes an optional writing test. Most colleges accept either test. Verify the requirements with the schools on your list.

    • How many times should I take the SAT or ACT?
      Most students take the SAT or ACT two or three times (in total).

    • What is the best way to prepare for the PSAT, SAT or ACT exams?
      There are a variety of study options offered by the CollegeBoard, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barron's, and other companies based on how you learn, the amount of time you are willing to study, and your budget. The most common options are private tutoring, small group tutoring, classroom courses, online courses, or self-study using test preparation books which include testing tips and practice exams.

    • When should test scores be sent to colleges? Who will send them? Are transcript scores accepted?
      Students request that their test scores be sent to the colleges on their list. Each student should decide whether to send the scores immediately after taking the test or wait until they submit the college applications. Most schools require an official copy of the scores from the testing agency.

    • Do I need to submit both SAT and ACT scores if I have taken both exams?
      No, students can decide whether to submit SAT or ACT scores.

    • Are students with disabilities or special needs given additional time for college admissions testing? Students who receive extended time at school will have the same accommodations made for college admissions testing. Students should discuss this with their case manager at the beginning of their junior year.

  • PSAT
    • How do students qualify as National Merit Commended or Semi-finalists?
      Students who score above the minimum selection index (set by state) on the PSAT taken in their junior year will be named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Only those semi-finalists that achieve finalist status are eligible to receive a scholarship.

  • SAT
    • Are all parts of the SAT taken into consideration by the colleges?
      Some schools do not consider the scores from the writing section. Contact schools of interest for their policy.

  • SAT Subject Tests
    • Do most schools require SAT Subject Tests?
      No, only the most selective schools require them.

    • How many SAT Subject Tests are required by schools that want them?
      Either 2 or 3. Check with the schools of interest.

    • What SAT Subject Tests are best to take?
      Generally schools prefer that only one test be taken in a subject area. Some schools require one specific test (such as math) and let the students select the other tests. Check with the schools of interest.

    • When should I take the SAT Subject Tests?
      Most students take the SAT Subject Tests in May or June as they are completing the class so that the material is fresh in their minds. Students taking AP or Honors courses in their freshman or sophomore year (particularly in science) should consider taking the SAT Subject Test. Speak to your teacher for more information.

  • What is a TOEFL exam?
    TOEFL is an exam for students who speak English as a foreign language.

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