• College Admissions Testing

     

    PSAT

    Freshmen, sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in October each year. Score reports are typically released in December/January.
     

    SAT/ACT

    The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) are standardized tests that assess college readiness. Taking the test is required for most 4-year institutions. Scores are used by colleges to determine who to admit and to determine who gets and how much merit-based scholarships. The SAT and ACT generally test the same types of content; however there are some differences. Colleges accept both tests equally, but prefer whichever test gives you the best comparative score. The colleges use conversion charts when comparing SATs and ACTs. Taking a practice test of each can help you determine which test you perform better on.

    You may not need to take the SAT or ACT if you are planning on going to a community college, a trade school, the military (military entrance exam is the ASVAB), or directly into work. Also, some 4-year schools are becoming ‘Testing Optional,’ which means that they will review your application for acceptance without taking SAT/ACT scores into consideration. Please be aware that not submitting a test may impact merit-based scholarships. See list of testing optional schools at www.fairtest.org/university/optional.

    Which Test is Best for You

     

    SAT might be better for you if...

    ACT might be better for you if...

    Reading

    you like to read the "classics."

    you are a fast reader.

    Math

    you are good at doing math by hand.

    you are good at mental math.

    Science

    you don't like doing science.

    you like science.

    English/Writing

    you like informational graphics.

    you're not as confident
    in your reading skills.

    Essay

    you're good at analyzing text.

    you're good at winning arguments.


    How do I sign up?

    You must go to www.collegeboard.org to register for the SAT and www.act.org to register for the ACT. Please note: if you take the SAT in October or June, it is given at HHHS (registration is required). The cost is appoxiately $50. If you are on Free and Reduced Lunch, please see your School Counselor for a fee waiver. When you register for the test, you will have the ability to add up to four colleges/universities to automatically receive your score report for free (if you choose to do this, confirm that those schools superscore).

    Scoring

    Test scores must be submitted to each college that requires them by the student through the appropriate testing agency (collegeboard.com / act.org). Keep in mind that scores take approximately four weeks to get to colleges so it is important to send scores as soon as possible. Also, there may be a fee associated with sending test scores to each college.

    Please note that many schools Superscore or utilize Score Choice. Superscoring is what many colleges do with the test scores you submit with your application. They look at all the scores you send, take your highest score from each test section, and combine those high scores from different test dates into a highest-possible composite score or superscore. They use this ‘superscored’ number when considering your application. With Score Choice, you're making a choice about which scores to send. The scores from test dates you choose not to send will never be seen by colleges that allow Score Choice. Only the scores you choose to send will be eligible for Superscoring by colleges that allow Score Choice.

    Some schools require you to send all your scores (no Score Choice). They may also Superscore. It is important to research which testing policy the schools you are applying to use.

    What If I Don't Get the Score I Want?

    If you don't get the score you want after preparing and taking the tests, remember that most schools admit based on a holistic evaluation of your application components. So perhaps you test low, but you have a higher GPA or another aspect of your application that is stronger.  Also, you may also want to consider schools with lower score ranges or schools that are testing optional.

  • SAT

    Test Date

    Registration Deadline

    Late Registration Deadline

    Deadline for Changes

    Online Scores Release

    August 24, 2019

    July 26, 2019

    August 6 (for mailed registration)

    August 13, 2019 (for registration made online or by phone)

    August 13, 2019

    About 2-weeks after test day

    October 5, 2019

    September 6, 2019

    September 17 (for mailed registration)

    September 24, 2019 (for registration made online or by phone)

    September 24, 2019

    About 2-weeks after test day

    November 2, 2019

    October 3, 2019

    October 15 (for mailed registration) 

    October 22, 2019 (for registration made online or by phone)

    October 22, 2019

    About 2-weeks after test day

    December 7, 2019

    November 8, 2019

    November 19 (for mailed registration) 

    November 26, 2019 (for registration made online or by phone)

    November 26, 2019

    About 2-weeks after test day

    March 14, 2020

    February 14, 2020

    February 25, 2020 (for mailed registration) 

    March 3, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

    March 3, 2020

    About 2-weeks after test day

    May 2, 2020

    April 3, 2020

    April 14 (for mailed registration)

    April 21, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

    April 21, 2020

    About 2-weeks after test day

    June 6, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 19 (for mailed registration)

    May 27, 2020 (for registration made online or by phone)

    May 27, 2020

    About 6-weeks after test day

  • ACT

    Test Date

    Registration Deadline

    Late Registration Deadline

    Estimated Score Release

    September 14, 2019

    August 16, 2019

    August 17-30, 2019

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

    October 26, 2019

    September 20, 2019

    Sept. 21-Oct. 4, 2019

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

    December 14, 2019

    November 8, 2019

    November 9-22, 2019

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

    February 8, 2020

    January 10, 2020

    January 11-17, 2020

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

    April 4, 2020

    February 28, 2020

    February 29-March 13, 2020

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

    June 13, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 9-22, 2020

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

    July 18, 2020

    June 19, 2020

    June 20-26, 2020

    Approximately 10 days after your test date

  • SAT Subject Tests

    There are 20 subject tests offered by the College Board. Each test is one hour long, and a student may take up to three tests on a single day. Some colleges require subject tests, some recommend them, and many do not require them at all. It is best for you to look up the testing requirements for each school to which you may apply before signing up for tests. For each test, it is strongly recommended that students use a test preparation booklet for the individual subject test to assist them in preparing. Students should also discuss with their individual teachers which tests would be best for them to take.

    • Math Level 1
    • Math Level 2
    • Biology E/M
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • English Literature
    • U.S. History
    • World History
    • Spanish
    • Spanish with Listening
    • French
    • French with Listening
    • Chinese with Listening
    • Italian
    • German
    • German with Listening
    • Modern Hebrew
    • Latin
    • Japanese with Listening
    • Korean with Listening