College Admissions Testing

College Admissions testing includes the ACT, SAT and SAT Subject tests.

the ACT test

The ACT is a college admission test that is taken by SAHS students. There are five different ACT test dates offered throughout the year. Typically, students take the ACT during April of their junior year and often retake the test in June or October. The ACT is made up of five different tests: English, math, science, reading, and an optional writing test. Some colleges will require the writing test (the U of M, Carleton are a few examples). To learn more about who requires the ACT writing tests go to: http://www.act.org/aap/writingpref. Students should register online at  www.actstudent.org.

the SAT test

The SAT is another college admission test that measures a student’s math, reading and writing skills. This test is more popular among students residing on the east/west coast of the United States. It is not necessary to take both the ACT and SAT but some students take both to see which test they can score higher on. Students planning on attending a four-year college would want to take the SAT in the spring of the junior year. For more information on this test, go to: www.collegeboard.com.  

the SAT Subject tests

SAT subject tests are individual subtests such as: United States History, Calculus, Chemistry, etc. Sometimes, students are required to submit subject test scores at the selective colleges. Students should check with the colleges they are considering attending to see if they are required or recommended to take the subject tests. Go to www.collegeboard.com to sign up for the tests or find out more information.

PSAT Testing Day

In October of each year, Stillwater Area High School conducts a school-wide testing day to allow sophomores and juniors the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT.

the PSAT/NMSQT test

The PSAT/NMSQT (The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) measures reading, math and writing skills that students have developed over the years. To qualify for a National Merit scholarship, students must take the test while they are a junior. Sophomore students who are in the top 10% of their class may elect to take the PSAT. Students will sign up and pay a small fee for the PSAT in the counseling office beginning in late September. For more information go to www.collegeboard.com.

 

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