The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test was offered jointly in October 1971 for the first time. The combined testing program serves the purpose of the previously separate PSAT and NMSQT. The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice version of the College Board SAT and measures verbal, mathematical, and writing ability. This test is highly recommended for Sophomores and Juniors. It is required for all Juniors seeking recognition and financial assistance through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, such as the National Merit Scholars Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program for outstanding black students.
The PLAN is an assessment given free of charge to <u>all</u> Sophomores in the fall, which tests students on English, Math, Reading, and Science. It is excellent practice for the ACT. PLAN also includes a career interest inventory. The results assist students in finding careers that match their interests while pointing out academic strengths and areas needing improvement.
The HSAP test is administered initially to Sophomores in the spring of each year as mandated by state law to evaluate the progress of students enrolled in the public school system. Every student must pass all sections of the HSAP in order to be eligible to receive a high school diploma in addition to required course work. Students will have multiple opportunities to pass all sections.
SAT- The College Board's SAT is a test designed to measure the verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities of candidates for college admission. The three parts of the SAT are each scored on a scale from 200 to 800 and are only an approximate measure of ability or achievement. Seniors who plan to go to college should take the SAT or the American College Test no later than December of their senior year. Registration information is available at www.collegeboard.com.
The SAT-Subject Tests of the College Board are designed to assess what students have learned on specific subjects (American History, literature, mathematics, French, etc.) and to serve as one indication of their preparation for college study. The tests measure not only student's factual knowledge of a subject, but also their ability to use facts in solving problems. Registration information is available at www.collegeboard.com.
The American College Testing Program is accepted by all colleges/universities in lieu of the SAT. Application packets are available in the guidance department. Registration information is available online at www.act.org.
Note: Financial assistance is available for any student whose economic circumstances make it difficult to pay for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. Contact a guidance counselor well before the test registration deadlines.