Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 347 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 tests your child should take, talk to your child’s counselor. PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) – a practice test for the SAT. This test 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 entrance exam that students usually take during their junior and/or senior year. The ACT is offered in September, October, December, February, April, and June. Students receive scores in English, Reading, Math, and Science, along with a Composite (average) score. There is also an optional Writing Test. Students can register for the ACT at actstudent.org. SAT – a college entrance exam that students usually take during their junior and/or senior year. The SAT is offered in October, November, December, January, March, May, and June. The new SAT provides two section scores: an Evidence Based Reading and Writing score, and a score in Math. There is also an optional Essay Test. Students can register online at sat.collegeboard.org. SAT Subject Tests – one-hour tests that measure a student’s knowledge in specific subject areas (biology, French, calculus, etc.). 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.