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Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing

PSAT
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

Test can be taken by sophomores and juniors.
  • Short version of SAT.
  • Determines National Merit Scholars for junior test takers.
  • Customized performance report, item analysis, and actual test booklet.
  • Get a predicted SAT score.
  • Register through your high school. See Mrs. Harris.
  • Given once a year in the fall.
  • Missed the test? Sign up for regular SAT given seven times during the year.
  • High achieving college bound? Hoping for scholarships? Take PSAT.     
  • Three major scholarship programs – National Merit Scholarships, National Achievement Awards for Outstanding African American students, National Hispanic Scholars Recognition – use PSAT to determine scholarship winners.
  • Test booklet – valuable asset – study/review problematic questions.                            

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

  • Test Fee $57 per test
  • Three hour exams given on campus in May (registration in March).
  • Given to students who have completed AP courses or have excellent subject mastery.
  • Certain scores may earn college credit .

 

What are Advanced Placement Courses?

  • AP courses prepare students for the “rigors” of college coursework. Many colleges allow students to use high AP scores to fulfill course requirements in college.

 How May I earn college credit?

  • Check with prospective colleges about AP policies—some grant credit, some do not. Go www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy.
  • Type in the school you wish to research; read about their AP policy.
  • Once coursework is complete, take the AP exam for that subject. Tests are scored on a scale from 1-5.
  • Generally, a score of 3,4 or higher earns college credit.

 What are the benefits of taking AP classes?

  • Explore challenging college-level coursework,
  • Improve college applications, Admissions recognizes work/commitment required by AP Courses, earn college credit which allows you to graduate college earlier and save $$$.

 

SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test

  • College admissions test--College Board.
  • Three hour and 45 minute test, three sections: critical reading/math/writing.
  •  Fee waivers available; see your counselor.
  • Register early-at least six weeks before test.
  • Check deadlines!! Late fee--$24.00; $41.00 dollars additional standby fee.
  • Good time to take the SAT: Spring of junior year and/or October of senior year. Not satisfied with your score as a junior? Retest in the fall of senior year. 

 

TRANSLATING YOUR SAT SCORE

  • Average Critical Reading score is 500.
  • Average Math score is 500.
  • Scores below 400 lower your options.
  • Scores range 200-800 for each section.
  • 600’s and above increase your options.
  • Writing 200-800, multiple choice sub-score.
 

ACT
American College Test

  • Four curriculum-based tests measure academic achievement in: English, Math, Reading, Natural Sciences, Writing (optional).
  • Tests are based on/oriented toward areas of secondary/postsecondary instructional programs.
  • Fee waivers available; see your counselor.
  • REGISTER EARLY-at least six weeks before test. Check brochures for deadlines. Late fees-$21.00 / Standby - $41.00.
  • Study guides in Counselor’s Office.
  • Good time to take ACT: Spring –junior year.

 

TRANSLATING YOUR ACT SCORE

  • Read by composite score (sum of all tests) Score range 1--36.
  • 2/3 of students make 12---24.
  • 17---options limited.
  • ++27--competitive anywhere.
  • Mean composite score—19.
  • Scores based on right answers; no penalty for guessing.
  • ACT accepted by most, but not all colleges/universities.