College Admissions Tests

The testing requirements for college admissions vary from school to school. Be sure to check college testing requirements when you are researching schools. 

PSAT and SAT: 

PSAT: The PSAT or Preliminary Standardized Assessment Test is the same as the SAT but is offered for preparation and will not be sent to colleges. By taking the PSAT, students are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other recognition programs which may refer students with high scores to four-year schools. The PSAT will be administered to all 10th grade on April 5th, 2017. For more information go to:  

The New SAT I: The new SAT I includes two sections: Critical Reading/Writing and Math.  The writing component is now optional.  For more information about the new SAT exam, go to: and

SAT II Subject Tests: These hour-long exams are offered in Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and a variety of languages. SAT IIs are administered six times per academic year. Students can take up to three tests in one day. Most competitive colleges require two subject tests. Only a few colleges (Harvard and Princeton, for example) require three. 

ACT: The ACT is now accepted by most colleges and is considered as valid as the SAT. Unlike the SAT, which is designed to measure reasoning and critical thinking skills, the ACT is designed to measure academic achievement in English, math, reading, and science. The ACT has an optional writing component.