7 College Tests Colleges use test scores to help them assess a stu- dent’s readiness for college level work. Test scores also give colleges a way to compare applicants. Most four-year colleges require that applicants submit ACT or SAT scores. For advice on which test(s) your child should take, talk to your child’s counselor. PSAT/NMSQT(Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) This practice test for the SAT includes assessments in Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. The PSAT/NMSQT is given in October, primarily to juniors. All college bound juniors should take this test. It’s good practice for the SAT, and students find out how their skills compare to the skills of other college bound students. Exceptionally high scores during the junior year can also lead to scholarship opportunities. ACT – a college admission test that students typically take during their junior and/or senior year. The ACT is offered in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. Students receive scores in English, Reading, Math, and Science, along with a Composite (average) score. There is also an optional Writing Test. Students can find information and register for the ACT at www.act.org. SAT – a college admission test that students usually take during their junior and/or senior year. The SAT is offered in August, October, November, Decem- ber, March, May, and June. The SAT provides two section scores: an Evidence BasedReadingandWritingscore,andascoreinMath.Thereisalsoanoptional Essay Test. Students can find information and register for the SAT at www. collegeboard.org. SAT Subject Tests – one-hour tests that measure a student’s knowledge in specific subject areas (e.g., biology, French, calculus). Some selective colleges recommend or require that students take two or three SAT Subject Tests for admission and/or placement. Students should take the ACT and/or the SAT in the spring of their junior year. If they want to improve their scores, they can then retake the test(s) in the fall of their senior year.