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College Entrance Exams

To apply for most colleges/universities, you will be required to take an entrance exam. You need to check with the college/university that you anticipate attending to find out which exam or exams are required as part of the admissions process.

College and universities accept the SAT or the ACT for admission purposes. Some colleges have no preference and accept either exam.

PSAT
The PSAT measures three areas: critical reading skills; math problem solving skills; and writing skills. The PSAT provides you with practice for the SAT. You will receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. This will provide you with a road map for additional study and preparation prior to taking the SAT. It will also familiarize you with the types of questions and directions on the SAT.

It is recommended that students take a preliminary college test in October of their sophomore or junior year. If you take the test in grade 11 and do well, you might qualify for participation in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

SAT
Normally, this is taken during your junior or senior year. The SAT is made up of three sections: critical reading; mathematics; and writing. You can choose which scores to send to most colleges, if you take the test more than once.

SAT Subject Tests
These tests should normally be taken at the conclusion of your junior year, the beginning of your senior year, or when you have completed a specific subject. They are designed to measure knowledge, skills, and application in specific subjects such as English, history, math, science, and language.

ACT
The ACT is divided into four required sections:  English; mathematics; reading comprehension; and science. There is also an optional writing test. Check with your prospective college to see if you need to take the writing test.