HIGH SCHOOL STANDARDIZED TESTS
PSAT: The Preliminary SAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving
skills, and writing skills. The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to help prepare for the SAT, receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills, and see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college. WHPS pays for all sophomores to take the PSAT. Juniors are encouraged to register to take the PSAT. Testing occurs in mid-October.
SAT: The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. http://sat.collegeboard.org/home
SAT Subject Tests: SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests. SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests. Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. www.sat.collegeboard.com/about-tests/sat-subject-tests
AP Exams: Advanced Placement Exams are the exams given in May for students who have completed an AP college-level course in high school. AP’s allow you to earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world. AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad. www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html
ACT: American College Testing is a college entrance exam covering English, reading, math, and science. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. www.act.org
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language is required by most colleges or grad schools for non-native English speakers. It measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. There are two formats for the TOEFL test. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. Most test takers take the Internet-based Test (iBT). Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the Paper-based Test (PBT). www.ets.org/toefl/