PSAT/NMSQT (The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
This test measures the critical reading, math problem solving and writig skills. It provides:
1. Practice for the SAT Reasoning Test,
2. Feedback on your strengths and weaknesses for college study skills,
3. A chance to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs,
4. Information from colleges when you check yes to the Student Search Service.
The PSAT/NMSQT is for Juniors. Freshmen and Sophomores may take the test. It is given ONLY in October. In September, the high school will tell you how to sign up. When your test fee is paid, you receive an information booklet. Although the test will include many changes similar to those on the new SAT, it will not include an essay nor third year college prepatory math questions. For details visit the Collegeboard website.
College Board SAT
The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test ) is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. It assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, and the writing section will contain two subscores. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.
The SAT Subject Tests are designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge. Subject tests are one hour and multiple choice tests. Many colleges use these exams as an indication of subject mastery and as an entrance requirement. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. Check which tests your college(s) require.
Create an Online Account
1. Go to www.collegeboard.org
2. Click on Register for the SAT.
3. Click on Register Now to choose a User Name and Password.
4. Continue using the same acount throughout your college selection process.
Register for the SAT
1. Use your online account to register for the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests.
2. Choose which test, what date, and which test center you want.
3. Select colleges to receive your score reports (the first four reports are FREE).
See the Counseling Department for the SAT information and study guides.
The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. The University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) accept ACT in place of the SAT Reasoning. Certain colleges, especially those in the Midwest, require the ACT.
The ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college level work. The multiple choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The Writing Test, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Results are sent to your high school and to institutions you designate.Applications are available at your high school. Check with your Counselor to see if you qualify for a fee waiver.
Test dates are Saturdays and ACT does allow standby registration.Register Online at www.actstudent.org
With online registration you:
1. Can complete registration 24/7.
2. Get your admission ticket sooner.
3. Have access to the most-up-to-date list of locations so you can get the best choice of test centers. See the Counseling Department for the ACT information and study guides.