College Testing Information

  • PSAT 8/9

    On Wednesday, October 16th, 9th graders will be taking the PSAT 8/9 online using their school issued IPad. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT. (College Board, Meet the PSAT 8/9, 2019,https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/k12-educators/overview)

    PSAT

    The PSAT will be given to all sophomores at the High School on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  The PSAT is a preliminary test for the SAT and is something each college bound junior should take. It is the test which can qualify a student for the National Merit Scholarship Competition as a junior.

    Student & Parent Resources for the PSAT

    ACT

    The ACT Test is a college entrance exam made up of four sections: English, Reading, Math, and Science. Writing is an optional part of the exam. Please check with your colleges to see if they recommend or require the writing section. The maximum score on each section is a 36. The four sections are averaged together to get a composite score. This composite score is what we generally talk about as an ACT score; national average is 21.  Late Winter or Early Spring of your Junior year is the ideal time to take your first ACT. You must register online at www.actstudent.org. Cost: $68.00 with Writing, $52.00 No Writing.

    ACT Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration (+$29.50)   
    Sept. 14, 2019 Aug. 16, 2019 Aug. 17-30, 2019  
    Oct. 26, 2019 Sept. 20, 2019 Sept. 21- Oct. 4, 2019  
    Dec. 14, 2019 Nov. 8, 2019 Nov. 9-22, 2019   
    Feb. 8, 2020 Jan. 10, 2020 Jan. 11-17. 2020  
    April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020  
    June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020  
    July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020  
     

    SAT Tests  

    All Juniors will take the SAT at the High School on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 

    The SAT college entrance exam consists of two sections: Evidence Based Reading and Math. The essay secton is optional. A perfect score for each is an 800. When we hear people talk of their SAT scores, they combine these for the score. A 500 Verbal and a 500 Math, would give you an 1000 SAT score. Winter or early spring is the ideal time to take your first SAT in your Junior year. You must register online at www.collegeboard.org. Be sure you follow deadlines!  Cost: $64.50 (includes Writing)  $49.50 without Writing. 

    SAT Subject Tests 

    SAT Subject scores are recommended or required by some more selective schools. These are specific subject area tests. 

    SAT Subject Test Costs
    $26 Basic Subject Test Fee (per registration)
    + $26 Language with Listening Tests (per test) - only available in November.
    + $22 All Other Subject Tests (per test)

    SAT & SAT Subject Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration (+$29) (by phone)  
    Aug. 24, 2019  July 26, 2019 Aug. 6, 2019  
    Oct. 5, 2019 Sept. 6, 2019 Sept. 24, 2019  
    Nov. 2, 2019 Oct. 3, 2019 Oct. 22, 2019  
    Dec. 7, 2019 Nov. 8, 2019 Nov. 26, 2019  
    March 14, 2020
    (no subject tests)
    Feb. 14, 2020 March 3, 2020  
    May 2, 2020 Apr. 3, 2020 Apr. 21, 2020  
    June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 27, 2020  

    Cost Example:
    Heather registered to take the Math Level 2, Physics and Spanish with Listening tests in November.
    She paid:
    $26 Basic Subject Fee
    $26 Additonal charge per non-language with listening test (Math Level 2)
    $26 Additional charge per non-language with listening test (Physics)
    $22 Additional charge per language with listening test (Spanish with Listening)
    Total: $100

    *Fee waivers for all tests are available in Counseling Center for students on free/reduced lunch. 

    Score Reports
    Students will need to order official test scores directly from ACT or College Board. ACT and College Board will then send students' scores directly to the colleges that they request. Test scores are not reported on the transcript. Students may opt to send up to four score reports to colleges for free on any given test date at the time of registration. Additional score reports can be requested online through the ACT and College Board websites. Rush orders are available through ACT and College Board for an additional fee.

    Cost: ACT- $12.00 per score report, SAT-$12.00 per score report.

    * As a general rule, we suggest students take both the ACT and the SAT one time. Then students will choose to retake the test they feel most comfortable with. The first testing should DEFINITELY be completed by the end of Junior Year.