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Testing and Registration Timelines

Watch for free test prep sessions at your high school or other high schools in your district. The ACT and SAT websites have great access to practice tests free of charge, and some more extensive packages for a fee. ACT practice here. Private tutoring is available, and can be expensive, but often results in slightly higher scores.

10th Grade

PLAN Test

  • Pre-ACT test
  • Four-part multiple-choice test structured very similarly to the ACT with sections covering English, math, reading and science
  • Offered once a year in January
  • Can only be taken in 10th grade
  • $20.00

PSAT Test

  • Pre-SAT test
  • Consists of two 25-minute verbal sections, two 25-minute math sections, and one 30-minute writing skills section
  • Offered once a year in mid-October
  • Optional practice for a 10th grader
  • Does not count for National Merit Scholar program when taken as a sophomore
  • $20.00

COMPASS Test

  • Measures entry-level skills in math, reading and writing for vocational/technical training or community college education
  • Can be taken all three years of high school
  • Administered by ACT
  • Taken Monday-Thursday at BSU
  • $15.00

11th Grade

PSAT Test

  • Pre-SAT test
  • Consists of two 25-minute verbal sections, two 25-minute math sections, and one 30-minute writing skills section
  • Offered only once a year in mid-October
  • National Merit Scholar program qualification test when taken as a junior
  • $20.00

ACT Test: www.actstudent.org

  • Consists of four multiple-choice test in English, math, reading and science, as well as an optional writing test
  • Each subject is scored 1 – 36 for a composite score, the highest being a 36 overall
  • We recommend a junior taking this test in June, but it may be taken earlier in the year also. The test is offered usually six times during a given school year.
  • May be taken with or without the writing section
  • Register online for the ACT at www.actstudent.org
  • $33.00 without writing section; $48.00 with writing section

SAT Reasoning Test: www.collegeboard.com

  • Is a 10-section exam consisting of critical reading, math and writing
  • Scores for each section range from 200 – 800 points. The scores for each section are combined, and the highest possible combined score is 2400.
  • We recommend a junior taking this test in May or June, but it may be taken earlier in the year also. The SAT is offered seven times each school year.
  • Register online for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com
  • $49.00, $75.00 if you register late

SAT Subject Tests: www.collegeboard.com

  • The SAT subject tests consists of more than 20 subject areas
  • Each subject test is approximately one hour long
  • Scores for each subject test range from 200 – 800 points
  • We recommend a junior taking these tests in June
  • Select universities typically require two different subject tests for admission; check each university's web site for their specific requirements
  • Register online and consult test calendar at www.collegeboard.com
  • $10.00 - $21.00 per subject

COMPASS Test: please see listing under 10th Grade heading

12th Grade

ACT Test: www.actstudent.org

  • Consists of four multiple-choice test in English, math, reading and science, as well as an optional writing test
  • Each subject is scored 1 – 36 for a composite score, the highest being a 36 overall
  • A senior student must take the ACT in Sept, Oct, or Dec (Dec being the absolute latest date for college admission and financial aid purposes)
  • May be taken with or without the writing section
  • Register online for the ACT at www.actstudent.org
  • $33.00 without writing section; $48.00 with writing section

SAT Reasoning Test: www.collegeboard.com

  • Is a 10-section exam consisting of critical reading, math and writing.
  • Scores for each section range from 200 – 800 points. The scores for each section are combined, and the highest possible combined score is 2400.
  • A senior student must take this test in Oct, Nov, or Dec (Dec being the absolute latest day for college admission and financial aid purposes)
  • Register online for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com
  • $47.00

SAT Subject Tests: www.collegeboard.com

  • The SAT subject tests consists of more than 20 subject areas
  • Each subject test is approximately one hour long
  • Scores for each subject test range from 200 – 800 points
  • Select universities require two to three different subject tests for admission; check each university's web site for their specific requirements
  • Register online and consult test calendar at www.collegeboard.com
  • $10.00 - $21.00 per subject

COMPASS Test: please see listing under 10th Grade heading