When Do I Begin Taking Standardized Tests?
Most colleges, though not all, require that applicants submit the ACT or the SAT.
Standardized Testing Timeline
Standardized Testing Overview
We encourage each student to speak to her college counselor about her standardized test plan.
The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice version of the College Board’s SAT Reasoning Test. It is used to help form college plans and give each student an idea of what to expect when she takes the SAT. While the results of the PSAT can help to predict future SAT scores, they are not official scores and are not reported to colleges.
The SAT Reasoning test measures the skills students have learned in and outside of the classroom and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests how students think, solve problems and communicate. Colleges usually consider the highest verbal score and the highest math score—not the highest set. The SAT is offered seven times a year, giving each student ample opportunity to take it.
Each Subject test is designed to measure a student’s knowledge in one subject area as compared to other college bound students. Many highly selective colleges require or recommend that some combination of these tests be taken.
The American College Testing (ACT) Program is a curriculum based test which measures educational development directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. Visitation students should always take the optional Writing portion of the exam.