PSAT/NMSQT is offered annually by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This test consists of primarily multiple-choice reasoning questions in critical reading, math,and writing skills, with a few free-response math questions. The test is administered in October each year. The PSAT (modeled after the SAT) is a practice or preliminary test for sophomores and juniors who may consider attending college after graduating from high school. If sophomore students elect to take the PSAT for practice, it is recommended that they still consider taking the test as juniors. Consideration for recognition and perhaps scholarship opportunities, as administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, are based upon
performance on the junior year PSAT. Scores from sophomore year are not considered.
The SAT is a three hour and a half hour College Board test measuring the reading, writing and math skills that students have developed over the years. Juniors generally take the SAT test during the winter or spring of junior year and often repeat the exam during senior year choosing from test administrations in October, November or December. Seniors who plan to apply to colleges early (early action or early decision) should complete all testing by the November test dates.
American College Testing is a three hour standardized test. The ACT is specifically designed to measure academic achievement in the areas of English, math, reading and science reasoning. The ACT also provides students with an optional Writing Test. The Writing Test is scored separately and the results do not affect the student‘s ACT composite scores. However, colleges recommend that students always take the ACT with Writing.
Students should always find out exactly which scores each college requires and how they will use those scores. To determine this information, students should visit college websites.
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