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    Decoding College Entrance Exams



    ACT - To register go to http://www.act.org 

    The ACT® test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college.

    • The ACT motivates students to perform to their best ability and often results in increased college enrollment, especially for underrepresented students.
    • Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.
    • To support college and career planning, the ACT career exploration component helps students identify personally relevant career options.
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    SAT - To register go to www.collegeboard.org
    The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math - subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during the Spring of their junior year and again the beginning of senior year. The majority of colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

    Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you - the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.

    Facts About the SAT

    SAT Info for Parents

    SAT Subject Tests - To register go to http://www.collegeboard.org

    Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.

    SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.
    Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.
    PSAT - 9th, 10th, & 11th graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT for free in October.
    TOEFL - See your counselor to find out if you should take this test

    The TOEFL® test measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. As opposed to the TOEIC®  test that measures the use of English in a business context, the TOEFL® test has an academic focus.  An internationally accepted standard of academic English proficiency, it is a required certification by more than 5000 colleges and universities worldwide.

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