Testing for College


Student testingCollege Admission Tests

What are the available admission tests, what is the difference between them, and which should you take? These are all common questions many students have. Read about each one and decide with your counselor and parents which are right for you.

PSAT - The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

SAT - 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.

ACT - The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in english, math, reading, and science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

Test Preparation

Prepare for the tests that assess your academic readiness for college.

How to Prepare for the Tests - Plan to do your best on the exams. Here are some tips to help you do that.

Practice the SAT - There are several ways to practice the SAT exam, and lots of resources to help you study.

Preparing for the ACT - A guide from ACT, Inc. which includes full length practice tests, strategies for testing, and discusses what to expect on test day. Also on the site, sample test questions to practice.

IMPORTANT: If you received a Fee Waiver for the SAT/ACT you can avoid paying the application fees! Meet with your counselor and ask if you are eligible to receive a Fee Waiver! If you are on Free/Reduced Lunch you might be able to get one! Once you get it, make sure to submit the documentation!