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 (367-0355). Computer-assisted instruction is also available from commercial computer programs, and by visiting the SAT website, www.collegeboard.org, and the ACT website, www.act.org. See your counselor for information regarding any of these testing programs.
     
    PSAT/NMSQT   (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying)
    Test Duration - Approximately 2 1/2 hours; given on Wednesday 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   (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)
    Purpose - College Admissions for dates
    Website - www.collegeboard.org

    SAT II– 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)
    Purpose - College Admissions
    Website - www.collegeboard.org

    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
    Website - www.act.org

    Advanced Placement Tests – Subject area tests
    Duration - Two to three 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
    Website -  apstudent.collegeboard.org