Check each college carefully for their testing requirement; which tests to take and deadlines for submitting scores. Most colleges require either the SAT I or ACT. The SAT II is required or recommended by many of the more selective colleges. A trend seems to indicate that some colleges will require just the ACT in lieu of SAT I and SAT II. Check with each individual college for its requirements by calling, using its web site or when visiting. These tests may be taken junior year and/or fall of the senior year. Preparation is highly recommended; which method you choose is a personal decision. The options are online programs such as Khan Academy, test preparation centers, and personal tutors.
Registion takes place online at either act.org (ACT) or collegeboard.org (SAT) . These websites will help you keep track of registration dates, understanding the format of the test, and interpreting scores. Be sure to be consistent in the way you register your name. If you insert a middle initial one time, but fail to do it the second time around, the computer could view you as two different students. WHS code to be included on the registration form is 070-913.
College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) is the organization which sponsors one of the widely accepted tests for college admission, the SAT I and SAT II. These tests cannot be taken on the same day.
PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (CEEB) is given in October during the school day to all sophomores and juniors. The format of this test is very similar to the SAT I and is useful as an indicator of SAT I scores. It is the basis for some Merit Scholarships for juniors. The results of this test, taken by any student, are not officially reported to the colleges.
SAT I is a three-hour examination. SAT now consists of an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and a Math section. The Writing section is optional. This test is designed to measure your ability to understand the English language, to interpret mathematical problems, to evaluate your reasoning ability and to assess writing skills. The SAT I is administered seven times a year (4 of the 7 are at WHS).
ACTAmerican College Testing Program. This test is just as widely accepted at colleges as the SAT I. It is administered six times nation-wide( 2 of the 6 are at WHS). This test is similar to the SAT II in that it measures actual knowledge in specific content areas. The test has four sections-English, Math, Social Studies and Natural Sciences. Many colleges are accepting the ACT in lieu of submitting the SAT I and SAT II, so be sure to check with each of the schools you are considering applying to for their testing requirements.
SAT II Subject Achievement Tests (CEEB) measures actual knowledge in specific content areas. These tests are one hour in length and are given in fifteen different subjects. Up to three tests may be taken during one test session. It is not wise to take an achievement test until you have completed a subject, or have sufficiently advanced in it. Consult with your subject teacher and/or counselor as to the advisability of taking the SAT II, which tests to take, and when to take them. Many schools do not require SAT II tests at all. All the SAT II tests are part of one booklet, which you are given at the test center. When you actually sit down to take the test, you have the option of changing how many tests you take and in what subject areas.
A.P. Advanced Placement Tests are three-hour examinations based on a full-year of college level study in high school. These tests are used for college credit and/or placement. You register and take these tests through WHS.