PSAT · SAT · ACT
Seniors should be encouraged to test in the Fall to see if they can increase their scores for college acceptance, and to earn more money from individual colleges or the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Juniors should be encouraged to prep for the tests in the Fall and start testing in the Spring when they have taken enough English and Math to strengthen the skills to reach the mid-range test scores for acceptance to colleges and universities.
ACT vs SAT
The SAT is a globally recognized college admissions assessment used to test students in Math, Verbal and Writing skills. The SAT is offered 7 times per year and SAT Subject Tests are offered 6 times per year. SAT Subject tests are SAT tests in a particular subject (Calculus, US History...) and are only necessary if the college you are applying to requires them.
Khan Academy, a FREE tutorial service that has partnered with the College Board provides FREE full length practice tests, thousands of FREE sample questions, and will prepare a FREE personalized analysis of each individual student's strengths and weaknesses.
The PSAT (practice SAT) which will be given to all sophomores free of charge in October. 9th and 11th graders can also take the test, but for a small fee. All students who sit for the PSAT will be able to log in and send their PSAT test results straight to Khan Academy for a FREE personalized analysis and practice.
All 11th graders who take the PSAT will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship. National Merit winners score extremely high on the 11th grade PSAT.
Most universities super score, meaning that schools will ONLY evaluate students based on their HIGHEST score in each section, taken across all tests the student took. If they send scores upon test registration, the scores will be sent to up to 4 schools free of charge. If students wait to send scores, they will be charged $12 per test per school.
All 11th and 12th grade students who are on free or reduced-price lunch are entitled to 2 free SAT tests and 2 free SAT Subject tests. These students should see Ms. Knight in Guidance for the test fee waivers.
ACT - SAT DATES & DEADLINES
High school students who are on Free or Reduced Lunch Status may be eligible to take the SAT/ACT for free using fee waivers. Fee waivers can be used for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests and ACT. Students must be in 11th or 12th grade to use an SAT Reasoning Test or ACT fee waiver, or in 9th to 12th grade to use an SAT Subject Test fee waiver. To be eligible, you must meet at least one of the requirements below:
- Enrollment in or eligibility for free or reduced lunch. Go to applyforlunch.com.
- Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- Enrollment in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g. Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Family receives public assistance.
- Lives in federally subsidized public housing, or a foster home, or are homeless.
- A ward of the state or an orphan.
IMPORTANT: To take full advantage of the waiver, you must follow through and test on your registered test date.
WARNING: Fee Waivers are just like gift cards or cash and cannot be replaced if lost.
SAT/ACT Test Fee Waiver Limits per year:
- 2 SAT test waivers
- 2 ACT test waivers
College Application Fee Waiver Request Form:
Once you've used a fee waiver to register for the SAT, the College Board will post four (4) college application fee waiver request forms to your College Board account in the fall of your senior year.
You can find them under “view my scores”.
IMPORTANT: Not all colleges and universities honor requests to waive application fees! Check with individual colleges and universities for their application waiver policies.
HOW TO USE A TESTING FEE WAIVER:
- Go to the testing website listed on the waiver
- Register for the test.
- Save the username and password you created (create only one account).
- Enter all the waiver letters and numbers into the designated box.
- Show up for the test! If you use a waiver to register, but don't show up for the test, the waiver is still considered used!
HOW TO USE A COLLEGE APPLICATION FEE WAIVER REQUEST FORM:
- Complete and submit your college application.
- DO NOT PAY TO APPLY! On the payment page, select "pay with fee waiver." If this is not an option, "trick" the form and indicated your paying with a check or money order. Doing this will tell the school that they'll be receiving something from you in the mail!
- Fill out and sign your Application Fee Waiver Request Form (you may use either a College Board or ACT application waiver request)
- Mail, upload or email the completed waiver to the college/university Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Fee waivers allow eligible students to test for free (test registration fee waivers), and apply to college for free (college application fee waiver request forms).
Learn more about College Board fee waivers at https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-fee-waivers
Learn more about ACT fee waivers at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/feewaiver.html
Please see Ms. Knight, Guidance Director in Guidance for more information about testing/application waivers.
COLLEGES THAT USE SAT SUBJECT TEST FOR ADMISSION:
Some additional important college testing dates for Juniors
PSAT/NMSQT: Wednesday October 10th during the school day.
This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for Juniors.
Please encourage ALL juniors to take this test. There are various level of Merit Scholar awards for which many of our students can qualify.
More info about the PSAT will be forthcoming.
School Day SAT: March 6th for all Juniors and for those Seniors who have not passed the ELA graduation requirement.