College Admission Testing

  • Throughout the year college admission tests are administered to college bound students. It is important that students become familiar with these tests. Information regarding evening test preparation courses will be made available upon request through the school counseling center. GEARS offers an SAT prep course in the fall and spring each year. Computer–assisted instruction is also available from commercial computer programs, and by visiting the SAT website, www.collegeboard.com, and the ACT website, www.act.org. See your counselor for information regarding any of these testing programs.
     
    Types of Tests
     
    PSAT / NMSQT – The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

    • Duration - Approximately 2 1/2 hours; given in mid-October
    • Taken by - High school juniors (available to interested sophomores)
    • Given by - College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    • Frequency - One time per year (October)
    • Purpose - Practice for SAT and qualify for National Merit Scholarship


    SAT – The Scholastic Aptitude Test

    • Duration - Approximately 3 1/2 hours
    • Taken by - Juniors and Seniors
    • Given by - College Board
    • Frequency - Seven times per year (Saturday – usually offered in October, November, December, January, March, May, June); See www.collegeboard.com for dates
    • Purpose - College Admissions


    SAT II – Subject Test     

    • Duration - One hour per test (maximum of three per testing date)
    • Taken by - Juniors and Seniors
    • Given by - College Board
    • Frequency - Six times per year (Saturday – usually offered in October, November, December, January, May, June) See www.collegeboard.com
    • Purpose - College Admissions



    PreACT

    • Duration - Approximately 2 21/2 hours
    • Taken by - High school sophomores
    • Given by - ACT
    • Frequency One time per year TBD
    • Purpose - Practice for ACT and assess college and career readiness


    ACT – The American College Testing Program

    • Duration - Three hours
    • Taken by - Juniors and Seniors
    • Given by - ACT
    • Frequency - Six times per year (Saturdays – usually offered in September, October, December, February, April, June)
    • Purpose - College Admissions


    Advanced Placement Tests– Subject Area Tests

    • Duration - 2 ½ – 3 ½ hours
    • Taken by - Students enrolled in AP courses
    • Given by - College Board
    • Frequency - One time per year, in May
    • Purpose - May fulfill college credit requirement