When to Take the Tests. The College Board, the company that makes the SAT, makes the following recommendation about when to take college entrance examinations:
"The College Board does not recommend that students take the SAT so early in their junior year. Students taking the test then, risk not doing their best because they will not have covered as much English and math course work as students testing later in that year. Normally, most students wait until spring of their junior year to take the SAT. That makes good sense."
- Gaston Caperton, President, College Board, August 2004
To help students become more college-aware, all sophomores will take the PSAT. All college bound students should take the PSAT their junior year to prepare for SATs in the spring; PSAT scores are not reported to colleges, and the score report identifies strategies for improving scores. The SAT could then be taken spring of junior year and again fall of senior year. Scores tend to have little variation after three administrations, unless something significant occurs to change them (completing an upper level math course, for instance, or taking a preparation class). While colleges look at the highest scores in math, verbal and writing, all scores are sent. The new Score Option allows you to send a specific set of scores from a particular administation; use only if your highest scores came from a particular test.
Apply on-line at: www.collegeboard.com. or pick up a form in the Guidance Office. Tests are given frequently at Christchurch and Gloucester. Fee waivers are given by the Guidance Department to those who qualify. Students with disabilities may qualify for alternate administrations.
SAT II Tests. Students should be aware of the entrance requirements of the colleges they are planning to apply to, and take those SAT II Tests required by those schools.
Apply on-line at: www.collegeboard.com, or pick up a form in the Guidance Office. Tests are given frequently at Christchurch and Gloucester. Fee waivers are given by the Guidance Department to those who qualify. Students with disabilities may qualify for alternate administrations.
ACT. The ACT is the preferred college entrance test of many southern schools. We recommend all students take it once; the testing style may tap a student's strengths; it may yield a stronger score than repeated SAT sessions.
Apply on-line at: www.actstudent.org, or pick up a form in the Guidance Office. Tests are given occasionally at Christchurch and Gloucester. Fee waivers are given by the Guidance Department to those who qualify. Students with disabilities may qualify for alternate administrations.
SAT Prep. A SAT preparation course is offered at MHS each fall. Contact the Guidance Office for more information.
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