Step 3: PSAT, SAT & ACT

Why do I want to take the PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are: to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study, to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college, and to prepare for the SAT.

Why do I want to take the ACT?

The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

*Some colleges have a preferred test for enterance into their programs. Check with the colleges you are applying to and find out what they prefer or require.

Why do I want to take the SAT?

"The SAT scores help colleges better understand how your skills compare with other college-bound students."

The SAT is a test that is broken into two parts.

The Reasoning Test and the Subject Tests. (See info below)

The Reasoning Test measures skills such as: critical thinking, writing, and mathmatical reasoning. These are important skills that students need to have to take college-level courses.

*Some colleges have a preferred test for enterance into their programs. Check with the colleges you are applying to and find out what they prefer or require.

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About the SAT Reasoning Test

The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems—skills you learned in school that you'll need in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200—800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice and the essay.

It is administered seven times a year. The SAT includes several different question types, including: a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins).

The SAT is comprised of 10 total testing sections. The first section is always a 25-minute essay and last section is always a 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. Sections two through seven are 25-minute sections. Sections eight and nine are 20-minute sections.

About the SAT Subject Tests:

Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.

Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language.

Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admissions, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance.

Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admissions or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.

Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas: English History and Social Studies Mathematics Science Languages. All Subject Tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests. However, some of these tests have unique formats.

SAT Test - Special consideration for Homeschoolers...

Home-schooled students should consider taking one or more Subject Tests.

By taking Subject Tests, your child can demonstrate their academic strengths to colleges.

Some colleges require home-schoolers to take one or more Subject Tests for admission or placement.

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