Testing Preparation and Testing Information
If you are seeking entrance to any of the United States many colleges and universities, a requirement for admission in almost 100% of non-community college schools is an SAT or ACT test score. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays.
This Page is designed to provide you with as much information about these tests, as well as resources you can access to help maximize your scores on these exams. It also has resources and information about SAT Subject tests, the PSAT, and AP Exam Resources.
Why Take It
|Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.||Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.|
|5 reading passages||4 reading passages|
|None||1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)|
|Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.||You can use a calculator on all math questions.|
|Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.||Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.|
How It's Scored
|Scored on a scale of 400–1600||Scored on a scale of 1–36|
Students are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT . Changes made to the SAT in 2016 have made it easier than ever to prep for both tests concurrently — and earn competitive scores on both!
The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT, or both tests is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test of each type. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit.
The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:
If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.
The best way to prepare for the test is to:
In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.
Our Freshmen are introduced to collegiate standardized tests with the PSAT 8/9
Want to try a practices test or two? Click the buttons below for two practice versions of the PSAT/NMSQT
Advanced Placement Test Prep
Taking AP courses and exams improves your chances of getting into college, and can even help you minimize your college costs. In fact, 85 percent of selective institutions report that a student's AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions. AP courses on your transcript show colleges that you are intellectually curious, unafraid of hard work, and capable of learning the knowledge and skills expected of college students.