Testing

Standardized Testing: There are a few types of standardized testing that high school students should be aware of and plan to take before the fall semester of Senior year. 

Starting in the spring semester of Freshmen year, we provide one class presentation every semester covering different college related topics to help students be more ready for the college application process. In every class presentation we provide, we will give students current standardized testing information.

SAT

www.collegeboard.org

This test is provided by the College Board and may be required by a lot of 4-year colleges as an admission requirement. This test is about 3.5 hours long on a Saturday morning at designated testing centers.

Students will be tested on reading, writing, and math. Students must register and pay for this test. The cost is around $60 and the fee tends to increase slightly every year. We have fee waivers for students who request them. When students use the fee waiver, not only will they be able to take the test for free, they also automatically get 4 fee waivers to apply for private colleges through Common App.

This test is offered from August to June, almost every first Saturday during the school year. Students are responsible for registering for the test on their own. If they have questions, we are happy to answer them. Every Sophomore in the district is provided a free Practice SAT (PSAT) in October. There will be limited seats for Juniors to take the PSAT again in their Junior year. We will announce how juniors can sign-up for the PSAT in the class presentations, as well as announcements. We recommend all juniors finish taking the SAT by June of their Junior year. By doing so, it can reduce the amount of work students have to deal with in addition to writing college essays and completing college application forms in the Fall semester of their Senior year.


ACT

http://www.actstudent.org

This test is similar to SAT and 4-year colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT score for admissions purpose. This test is about 3.5 hours long on a Saturday morning at designated testing centers. Students will be tested on social science, science, reading, writing, and math. Students must register and pay for this test. The cost is around $60 and the fee tends to increase slightly every year. We have fee waivers for students who request them. This test is offered from September to June, almost every second Saturday during the school year. Students are responsible for registering for the test on their own. If they have questions, we are happy to answer them.

Every October on a Saturday morning, we offer a free full-length practice ACT test and students can access their score reports in 3 days. The practice ACT test is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. We recommend all Juniors finish taking the ACT by June of their Junior year. By doing so, it can reduce the amount of work students have to deal with in addition to writing college essays and completing college application forms in the Fall semester of their Senior year.


SAT Subject Test

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This is a one-hour long test that students can choose to take in different subjects. For example, if a Freshman takes biology and has done well in the class, s/he can choose to take the Biology Subject Test in June of his/her Freshmen year. Sophomores who take Chemistry and World History and have done well in these classes can take the Chemistry and World History Subject Tests in June of the Sophomore year. The key factor is to take the test right after taking the class. Students may not need to get extra preparation for this test since they would have already taken the class. This test, like the SAT, is offered on the first Saturday of every month during the school year. There is a registration fee and test fee for it. Students may get testing fee waiver and by using this fee waiver, students can also apply to 4 Common App. colleges for free. Students must register for this test on their own. There are many different subject test choices such as language, math, history, and English.


TOEFL

https://www.ets.org/toefl

Some 4-year colleges may require this test from students who have been living in this country for less than 3 years before applying to college. This is a more fare test to assess students’ English ability when English is their second language. The cost for this test is about $200. With a counselor verification, students will have to pay about $100 for this test. It’s best to check the colleges that you’re interested in applying to see if they require this test.