Students take the PSAT/NMSQT to:
All sophomores and juniors at HSHS and FHS take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of
each year. Those freshmen enrolled in honors level courses may take the test if
they choose to do so. The scores obtained as juniors may qualify students for
The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and
the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For many students, the PSAT/NMSQT is
the first official step on the road to college. It assesses skills developed
through the years of study in a wide range of courses as well as through
experiences outside the classroom.
The PSAT/NMSQT also provides all test takers
with access to MyRoad, the College Board’s online majors, college, and career
exploration program allowing them to begin college and career planning.
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The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly SAT I: Reasoning Test), better known as the
SAT, is a three-hour and forty-five-minute test that measures critical reading,
writing, and mathematical reasoning skills students have learned in school and
skills they need to be successful in college.
The SAT is a standardized measure of a student's college readiness. It is
standardized across all students, schools, and states, providing a common and
objective scale for comparison.
The SAT consists of ten sections, including a 25-minute essay, each timed
separately. The essay will always be the first section of the SAT, and the
10-minute multiple-choice writing section will always be the final section. The
five other 25-minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20-minute
Students register independently for the SAT and may take it on any of the
testing dates. Since the mathematics portion of the test includes topics
typically coverd in three years of college-preparatory high school math many
students take the test in the spring of the junior year.
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The ACT is a widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school
students' general educational development and their ability to complete
The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading,
and science. The test consists of 75 English questions, 60 math, 40 reading and
40 science questions. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in
planning and writing a short essay. The ACT is more than a test.
The ACT also provides test takers with a unique interest inventory that
provides valuable information for career and educational planning and a student
profile section that provides a comprehensive profile of a student's work in
high school and his or her future plans.
More information on preparing for the ACT...