Most colleges and universities use entrance examinations as an additional means of assessing students for college admissions. Scores obtained from these tests are used along with grades and other pertinent information to determine a student’s eligibility for admission. The following information is provided to explain the differences between the various types of exams which are offered.
**Due to COVID-19, some colleges have made changes regarding their testing policies. Some colleges have decided to be test-blind &/or test-optional as a result of the world-wide pandemic. These requirements vary depending on the admission cycle. It is important that students check with each individual university/college to learn what their specific testing policies are!
PSAT/NMSQT: “The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test” is specifically designed for high school juniors to give them an idea of how they will probably score on their college entrance examinations. It is identical to the Scholastic Assessment (SAT-I) in form, content, and scoring approach. It is given once a year on the third Saturday in October. The PSAT/NMSQT is also used as the qualifying examination for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students who score high will receive letters of commendation or achieve semifinalist status.
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I): The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) is a standardized test intended to measure students’ aptitude for academic work.
SAT Subject Tests: As of January 2021, CollegeBoard will no longer offer SAT Subject Tests or SAT with Essay. Collegeboard has reached out to our member colleges and they’ll decide whether and how to consider students’ Subject Test scores. Students should check colleges’ websites for the most up-to-date information on their application policies.For more information visit the CollegeBoard SAT Subject Tests website.
American College Test (ACT): The American College Test (ACT) is similar to the Scholastic Assessment Test. It consists of four 30-minute academic tests designed to measure a student's background in English usage, math usage, social studies reading, and natural sciences reading. All questions are multiple-choice.
**IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Some colleges require the SAT-I, while others require the ACT. Students should obtain information from individual colleges/universities to determine which test is required.
Students need to plan carefully so that they have taken all the necessary tests early enough for the scores to be reported to their chosen colleges before each application deadline. It takes approximately six weeks for tests to be scored and reported.
Test Prep Resources:
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Fee Waivers: Some students may be eligible for a fee waiver. With a fee waiver, students can take the SAT/ACT test for free. If you think you're eligible, your school counselor can help you get a fee waiver. Contact your counselor directly to request a waiver. Find Out if You are Eligible for a Fee Waiver
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