When Do I Begin Taking Standardized Tests?

Most colleges, though not all, require that applicants submit the ACT or the SAT.

Standardized Testing Timeline 

10th Grade

Students take PSAT at Visitation in October.

11th Grade

Students take the PSAT again.  At this  point it is the qualifying examination for National Merit, National Achievement, and College Board Hispanic Recognition Program Status. PSAT scores are not considered for college admissions. Visitation offers an optional practice ACT to help students determine which test suits them best.

Students should take the SAT or ACT. Some students may also be advised to take at least two SAT subject tests in May or June, to coincide with the AP tests that are administered .

12th Grade

Students may retake the SAT, ACT, and/or SAT subject tests, if necessary. Taking the SAT three, four or more times usually does not result in higher scores.

 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.



Visitation’s CEEB code is 090080.

College Board codes are needed when you register for SAT Program tests or send score reports to colleges and scholarship programs.

Testing for Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with documented learning disabilities are eligible to apply for accommodations on the College Board (PSAT, SAT, and AP) and ACT examinations. Guidelines are determined by the College Board and ACT.

Documentation must be on file at Visitation and certain criteria must be met. Establishing eligibility and registration for extended time is handled through the Director of Learning Support.


A student with a documented disability may be eligible to take the College Board and ACT tests with testing accommodations. A Student Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student who requests accommodations. To be eligible, the student must:

  1. Have a disability that necessitates testing accommodations.
  2. Have documentation on file at school that supports the need for requested accommodations and meets the Guidelines for Documentation.
  3. Receive requested accommodations, due to the disability, for school-based tests.


  1. Completing and submitting their own SAT Reasoning and Subject test registration materials
  2. Having official copies of SAT Reasoning and Subject test results sent by College Board to each college and to Georgetown Visitation.
  3. Ascertain and meet specific application requirements for each college (i.e.: testing, interview, portfolio requirements, etc.)
  4. If a student qualifies for non-standard testing , she must submit her registration materials to The Director of Learning Support by the established deadline