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Students are encouraged to take the PSAT during both sophomore and junior year. The PSAT essentially serves as a practice test for the SAT, yielding useful information regarding student strengths and weaknesses that may inform subsequent SAT preparation. Students who score high on the PSAT during junior year may also qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT is administered at Eastern Christian High School each year in October.
Most colleges require either the SAT or ACT for admission, and most will take the better of the two scores if both tests are taken. During junior and senior meetings, the counselor will discuss an appropriate individualized testing plan with each student. Typically, students will take a combination of these tests during the winter/spring of junior year and fall of senior year.
The SAT is offered 7 times per year and measures evidence-based reading and writing, and mathematics skills. For more information, test dates, registration deadlines, and practice resources, visit the College Board’s website.
The ACT is offered 7 times per year and measures English, mathematics, science, reading, and writing skills. For more information, test dates, registration deadlines, and practice resources, visit ACT’s website. Note:
Students planning to apply to more competitive colleges should consider taking two or three SAT Subject Tests in areas in which they are academically strong. We recommend taking each subject test as soon as possible after completion of the relevant class so the material remains fresh. Again, visit the College Board’s website for more information and registration details.
AP exams are seldom required by colleges but can help strengthen a student’s application to competitive schools. These tests are designed to assess strength in a specific content area. Strong AP scores may also be accepted as college credit by many colleges. AP exams are administered each year in May. Registration occurs in the College and Career Office in March. Visit the AP section of the College Board’s website for more information and a complete list of available subjects.
Test prep comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and families are encouraged to consider a method of preparation suitable for their expectations and needs. The College Board and ACT websites (links above) contain some convenient, free resources that are worth exploring.