In order to get into college, in many cases, you arerequired to take one or more of the following tests:
PSAT: The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is taken in October of junior year and is a practice test in preparation for the SAT. It is the same format as the SAT and is useful as an indicator of SAT scores. PSAT scores are not usually used by colleges as admissions criteria, but one’s score on the test does determine qualification for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program. All Middletown High School students should take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year.
SAT/SAT Subject Tests: Students often take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) twice or one SAT and one American College Test (ACT). Juniors will take the SAT sometime during the spring semester, usually in March, May or June. In addition, juniors as well as sophomores should consider taking one or more SAT Subject Test in June. You should speak with your counselor regarding your specific situation.
AP Tests: Advanced Placement (AP) Tests are designed for students who have completed college-level courses in high school. They are used in determining whether or not a student may gain advanced standing in college.
ACT: American College Testing (ACT) Program includes four curriculum-based tests that measure a student’s educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The ACT is a requested or allowed alternative to the SAT at some colleges.
PLAN: The PLAN is a pre-ACT test given to students in October of their sophomore year, which gives students an opportunity to practice for the ACT. Just like the PSAT, the PLAN is a predictor of ACT scores. In addition, students will receive career/future planning information based on their responses to an interest inventory.
TOEFL: For more information on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) visit www.ets.org/toefl.
SAT, PSAT, and ACT registration materials are available in the high school guidance office. Students are also encouraged to register online at www.collegeboard.com (SAT) and/or www.act.org (ACT).