PSAT testing information:
The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It measures Critical Reading, Math problem solving skills and Writing skills. Please visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about/ontest.html to view what's on the test.
It is strongly recommended that students take the PSAT 10th AND 11th grade year. Taking the PSAT allows students the opportunity to enter scholarship competitions, prepare for the SAT, and gain access to valuable college and career planning resources. Once students test in October, score reports are available in December.
SAT testing information:
The SAT is an aptitude test, which tests reasoning and verbal abilities. The SAT has 3 components: Critical Reading, Mathematics and a required Writing Test. The SAT is typically offered starting in October, November, December, January, March, May and through June. It is recommended that student take the SAT during the spring of their 11th grade year and fall of 12th grade year. The last test date colleges will accept for seniors is the December SAT. Scores on the SAT, along with GPA help colleges predict student's ability to succeed in college. In addition, the SAT helps connects students to scholarships and financial aid.
SPRING OF 2016-Redesign of SAT: The redesigned SAT will have an evidence based Reading and Writing section, a math section and an optional essay section. Also no penalty for wrong answers in the new SAT. Click on link above to additional information about the new SAT.
ACT testing information:
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT has 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an options Writing Test. The ACT is typically offered in September, October, December, February, April and June. It is recommending that students take the ACT spring semester of junior year and fall semester of senior year. The last test date colleges will accept for seniors is the December ACT. The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.