College Entrance Testing
Students’ should receive their PSAT results in their classes in January. Parents- Please ask them to share them with you. The students can use their score reports and the test booklets to study for the PSAT in 11th grade or to prepare for the SAT (typically taken in 11th grade). If you would like more information, see the College Board website under “Understanding your Test Scores”. Here is a video to help you understand your PSAT scores.
SAT- Scholastic Aptitude Test
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
The SAT doesn’t test logic or abstract reasoning. It tests the skills you’re learning in school: reading, writing and math. Your knowledge and skills in these subjects are important for success in college and throughout your life.
- ▪The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
- ▪The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
- ▪The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.
SAT TEST DATES
SAT SUBJECT TESTS
Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.
SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.
ACT- American College Testing
The ACT college readiness assessment contains five curriculum- and standards-based assessments: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The assessment is used as a college admissions and placement test and measures the skills and knowledge needed for first-year college success. Additionally, the ACT includes a career exploration component that stimulates students' thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options. The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:
PLUS an optional 30 minute Writing Section- *it is recommended that you take the writing section.
ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).
ACT TEST DATES
September, October, December, February, April, June