College Entrance Exams
The SAT and ACT are college entrance tests for students planning to enter 4-year colleges and universities. Most colleges will accept either but it is recommended that students verify with college admissions requirements. These tests should be taken the spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. Registration materials, test dates, locations, test strategies and practice tests are available in the Counseling Center and online.
The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is offered once a year in the fall. All sophomores take it for practice for the SAT. Juniors should take it for possible scholarships in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Freshmen are encouraged to take the 9th-grade PSAT offered between October and January.
The SAT is an aptitude test and is composed of ten sections: three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The test is scored as 200-800 for each subject with 2400 being the highest possible score. The test is 3 hours and 34 minutes long.
Registration is $54.50 (late registration additional $28). Fee waivers are available for those who qualify. Register at CollegeBoard
ACT & SAT Preparation Resources
- Official Practice SAT
- SAT Online Course
- Idaho Career Information System – Practice tests can be accessed once a portfolio is set up. Stop in the Counseling Center for user name and password.
- Grockit Videos – for test tips and practice
- College Board.com
- Peterson’s DoD MWR Libraries – Select a military branch, then select the “nelnetsolutions.com” link. Under “Academic Test Prep” you will find practice tests and test prep for ACT, SAT and PSAT. Under “Military Test Prep” you will find resources for practicing for the ASVAB (it will most likely ask you to create an account).
- Learning Express Library – Click “Register”, scroll to “College Prep Center”, choose a test, choose a tutorial option. (It will most likely ask you to create an account).