College Preparatory

College Preparatory Testing

PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test): Offered ONCE each year in October (usually on a Wednesday -- check the Important Dates page for specific test registration dates) to students in grades 10 and 11. This two+ hour test measures critical reading and mathematical reasoning abilities and writing skills; it also serves as important practice for the SAT reasoning test. It is recommended that all sophomores and juniors who are considering a 4-year college take this test both years. Juniors who score particularly high may be eligible for scholarship opportunities through the NMSQT. In December, scores, as well as each student's test booklet, will be sent home with students. Explanation of results will have been shared with each student and they are printed on the reverse side of the score report. If you have any further questions, please call Mrs. Chapman (476-5517).

SAT: The SAT is a four hour test, primarily multiple-choice, that measures critical reading, writing and mathematical reasoning abilities. Most colleges require test scores as part of the admission process. This test is given each spring to Juniors on SAT School Day at Moultonborough Academy. The tests can be taken more than once and other dates and locations are available on the College Board web site. If your child receives services for and IEP or 504 plan, please look at: Educational Testing Service Office of Disability : This site will explain the policies, accommodations, registration procedures, documentation required, and additional information for students with disabilities who wish to take the PSAT, SAT, or AP Exams.

SAT Subject Tests: The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour, mostly multiple-choice, tests in specific subjects, such as Chemistry, Biology, World History, American History, Literature, Math and Modern Languages. These tests measure knowledge of particular subjects and the ability to apply that knowledge. Many competitive colleges require or recommend one or more of these tests for admission or placement purposes. When to take a SAT Subject Test varies and students should speak with guidance and their teacher in that discipline to plan for the best date. Because it can be beneficial to take the test at the completion of the course, students may want to test in January or June.

ACT: This is a 3.5 hour test that measures the skills students have gained in their academic courses. Subjects tested include reading, writing, math and science. Most colleges will accept ACT or SAT scores interchangeably. Some students find this test suits their abilities better than the SAT, so students are encouraged to learn about both tests. More information is available on the ACT web site.

AP (Advanced Placement Tests): Students enrolled in an AP course at Moultonborough Academy (AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP US History, AP Calculus AB, AP Latin, AP Computer Science Principles, AP World History or AP Environmental Science) must take the AP exam in May to have the AP status reflected on their transcript. Students in AP courses will be given an information booklet to bring home to parents in early winter. Students who take AP courses online or prepare for a test independently may speak with Mrs. Chapman about ordering an exam. Each test costs approximately $85 dollars and fee waivers are available for students who receive free & reduced lunch or meet other financial criteria. Depending on how well a student scores (scores range from 1 - 5), individual colleges may give the student college credit or advanced standing. The AP policies for various colleges are listed on the College Board web site. Advanced Placement (AP) Program This web site provides course descriptions, test schedules and practice questions.

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