Academic Testing

In addition to the general entrance requirements, most colleges and universities require the student take one or more national standardized tests. The information concerning these tests is available at the high school, but all testing and scoring are carried out by the accredited testing agency. All are optional and it is the student’s responsibility to sign up for tests in which he/she is interested. Fees are designated by test agencies and are subject to change. The following tests are available to students:

The PreACT provides 10th grade students a unique practice experience for taking the ACT test. PreACT results  give students, parents, and educators valuable insights into students’ predicted performance on the ACT as they plan for a future that aligns with their interests. The PreACT also includes the ACT Interest Inventory to  help students begin thinking about careers and college majors. All 10th graders take this test in the fall. The PreACT contains multiple choice questions in English, reading, math and science.

The PSAT allows 9-11th grade students to practice for the SAT college entrance exam and enters juniors into the National Merit Scholarship competition. This multiple-choice test of reading, math and writing is given in October. Registration and more information will be available at school in September.

The ACT is a test of academic achievement required to apply to most colleges. It consists of multiple choice tests in English, math, reading and science, plus an optional writing test now required by many colleges. Most students take the ACT for the first time in spring of the junior year and many students take it more than once.

The SAT is a test of critical reading, writing and mathematical reasoning skills which is accepted by many colleges as an alternative to the ACT. Students taking the SAT usually do so late in junior year or early in the senior year.

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, multiple-choice, content- based tests. Students choose from 20 Subject Tests to demonstrate their achievement in specific areas. Some colleges require subjects for admission  and some use them to place students in advanced courses.