Many colleges require applicants to take one or more of the following exams:
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 used by colleges as admissions criteria.
SAT: The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) includes three sections (Critical reading, math and an optional writing section). We advise students to take the exam twice - at least once during the spring of their junior year, and again in the beginning of their senior year. Many colleges will supercore, which means they will consider the highest section scores across all dates during which you took the exam.
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.
We recommend all students try both the SAT and ACT exam. Many colleges will only look at the higher of the two exams.