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College Admissions Testing and Preparation (AP, ACT, SAT)

College Admissions Testing and Preparation (AP, ACT, SAT)

AP (Advanced Placement) AP Information

PSAT Information

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:

  • What you learn in high school
  • What you need to succeed in college

The best way to prepare for the test is to:

  • Take challenging courses
  • Do your homework
  • Prepare for tests and quizzes
  • Ask and answer lots of questions

In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.


When you get your test results, connect your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts to get free personalized study recommendations.


Test Overview and Strategies

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Register for the ACT


2017-2018 Test Dates and Deadlines 

Register for the SAT



8 Things to Know About How Colleges Use Admission Tests

Compass Education Group - Choosing the SAT Over the More Popular ACT... What if Practice Test Scores Are Inconclusive?

When to take the SAT? (2016-2017)

Deciding when to take the SAT can be stressful because the best test dates aren't the same for everyone. Levels of preparation, goal scores, and other academic conflicts should all be considered in devising the most logical testing schedule for each student. This article is a full description of the pros and cons of each SAT test date in the 2016-2017 school year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You can use this guide to come up with a game plan that works for you!

ACT vs. SAT - Princeton Review Article

ACT to SAT Conversion Tool

What is an ACT or SAT superscore

QUIZShould I Take the ACT, the SAT or Both? - Princeton Review Article


What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

Comparison of the ACT Test and SAT

Category ACT SAT
Test Fee $46.00
$62.50 (with writing)
$60.00 (with essay test)
Total Testing Time*
*Redesigned SAT testing time subject to research
2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes for the Essay [optional]) 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])
  • Mathematics test (60 items, 60 minutes
  • Reading test (40 items, 35 minutes)
  • Science test (40 items, 35 minutes)
  • English test (75 items, 45 minutes)
  • Writing test (optional; 1 prompt, 40 minutes)
  • Math (58 items, 80 minutes)
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test (52 items, 65 minutes)
    • Writing and Language Test (44 Items, 35 minutes)
  • Essay (optional; 1 prompt, 50 minutes)
Important Features
  • Designed to measure academic achievement in English, mathematics, reading, and science.
  • Scores based on the number of correct answers. No penalty for incorrect answers.
  • Includes enhanced scoring for reliable college and career planning insights:
  • STEM Score
  • ELA Score
  • Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator
  • Text Complexity Progress Indicator
  • Continued emphasis on reasoning.
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact.
  • Scores based on the number of correct answers. No penalty for incorrect answers.

Score Reporting

*Redesigned SAT scores subject to research

  • Composite Score: 1–36 (average of four test scores)
  • English test: 1–36
  • Reading test: 1–36
  • Mathematics test: 1–36
  • Science test: 1–36
  • English and writing test: 1–36
  • STEM Score: 1-36
  • ELA Score: 1-36
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately