• College Entrance Exams  CEEs
    SAT    ACT    PSAT     TOEFL     AP
    Many colleges and scholarships require you to take standardized tests, also known as college entrance exams (CEE).  They are used to evaluate a candidate's achievement and ability.   
    Freedom's CEEB (College Entrance Examination Board) Code is 472-110

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    AP  Advanced Placement
     Who?     Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who have taken AP courses
    What?    They are not required, but good scores on APs, especially in your Junior year, enhance your admission profile and can earn you college placement and/or credit.
    When?   May
    Where?  At Freedom High School
    Scoring?   1 to 5 (a 3, 4 or 5 can earn students college placement and/or credit; see the college(s) AP credit websites). 
    ACT  American College Test
     Who?      Juniors and Seniors (some sophomores)
    What?     ACT assesses knowledge of English, Reading, Math, Natural Sciences and has an optional Writing section. It has more advanced math problems.
    When?   Usually in your Junior Year and/or Fall of Senior Year.
    The ACT is offered throughout the year
    Where?   At local high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties
    Scoring?   Composite score 1-36, highest is 36. 
              See this link for ACT registration.
    SAT  Scholastic Aptitude Test
    also known as SAT I or Reasoning Test
    Who?      Juniors and Seniors (some Sophomores) 
    What?    The SAT measures evidence-based reading and writing (words in context, command of evidence, expression of ideas, standard English conventions), analysis in science and history/social studies and Math (problem solving, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, functions and data). Optional Essay. 
    When?   Usually in your Junior year and/or fall of your Senior year.  
    www.collegeboard.com/home for testing dates
    Where?   At a local high school in Loudoun County or Fairfax County
    Scoring?   400-1600 (1600 is a prefect score; 800 for evidence based reading and writing and 800 for math)
    See this link for SAT registration http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates
    PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
    and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
    Who?      All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors  (Junior year counts)
    What?     Your skills in Critical Reading, Math Problem Solving and Writing.  The test is approximately 3 hours long. 

    Loudoun County Public Schools pay for all students in grades 9 – 11 to take this test each year.  Freshman take the PSAT 8/9, Sophomores and Juniors take the PSAT. Only Juniors qualify for the NMSQT. Students do not need to do anything to register for the test since it is administered on a regular school day. 

    On test day, it is important for students to arrive on-time for school and to bring a #2 pencil and a calculator (scientific, graphing, or four-function are acceptable).  We also encourage students to be sure to get a good night's sleep before the test and to eat breakfast on the morning of the test.     

    The PSAT is the qualifying test for juniors for the National Merit Scholarship program and is great practice for the SAT Reasoning Tests. Learn more about the PSAT online at www.collegeboard.org 

    When?    October
    Where?   At Freedom High School
    Scoring?   It parallels the 200-800 scoring of the SAT 
    The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test recognition is based on the test results in your JUNIOR year. This is the first indicator colleges and universities use for scholarships and placement.  
    One of the benefits of taking the PSAT is that students get access to a new College Board program called "My College Quickstart."  This program provides students with a detailed analysis of their scores, helps them develop a study plan for the SAT, and helps them get started in researching careers and colleges.  All students need to access this program is their score report, which has a unique indivdual code that allows students to use all of these features.  For an overview of the "My College Quickstart" program, please click here. 
    TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
    Who?   Colleges require this test for those whose native language is not English
    Where?  An internet based exam in centers by appointment 
    What?  Register early- they fill quickly.

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL®) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. 


    Most people take the TOEFL test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language


    The TOEFL is offered in three different formats: 1) Internet-based; 2) computer-based; and 3) a traditional paper and pencil test.  The internet-based tests measure all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success.



    Nonnative English speakers at the 11th-grade level or above should take the TOEFL test to provide evidence of their English proficiency before beginning academic work. The test content is considered too difficult for students below 11th grade.

    Many institutions report that they frequently do not require TOEFL test scores of certain kinds of international applicants. 

    • nonnative speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)
    • nonnative speakers who have successfully completed at least a two-year course of study in which English was the language of instruction
    • transfer students from institutions in the United States or Canada whose academic course work was favorably evaluated in relation to its demands and duration.
    • nonnative speakers who have taken the TOEFL test within the past two years
    • nonnative speakers who have successfully pursued academic work at schools where English was the language of instruction in an English-speaking country for a specified period, generally two years.

    Students should contact their prospective institutions directly concerning their specific admission requirements.

    For more information, visit the TOEFL website by clicking here.

    Scoring?   Colleges will post a minimum TOEFL score they require for admission 
Last Modified on February 21, 2024