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Pick Your Test:      ACT      |      PSAT/NMSQT      |      SAT      |      AP Testing      |      AP Test Registration
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ACT:

American College Test

 

The ACT (American College Test) is a three-hour multiple-choice examination designed to measure academic achievement in four curriculum areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The purpose of this test is to measure the skills and knowledge that have been developed since middle school.

 

With breaks, the test will last about 3 -1/2 hours. The test is broken down as follows (in no set order): English - 45 minutes, 75 questions; Mathematics - 60 minutes, 60 questions; Reading - 35 minutes, 40 questions; Science - 35 minutes, 40 questions. On certain dates, the ACT will consist of an additional 5th test which consists of questions that are being researched for possible use on future ACTs. This 5th section is used for experimental purposes only, and will not be graded or scored.

 

The scoring method for the ACT is based upon the total number of correct answers, which means there is no guessing penalty. English, Math, Reading, and Science scores are converted to scaled scores between 1-36.

 

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PSAT/NMSQT:

Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

 

The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
 

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

 

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • critical reading skills
  • math problem-solving skills
  • writing skills

 

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

 

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that
         could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

 

 

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SAT:

Scholastic Aptitude Test

 

The SAT measures the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. It assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. SAT scores are used for college admission purposes because the test predicts college success. The Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiple-choice tests in specific subjects. Subject Tests measure knowledge or skills in a particular subject and your ability to apply that knowledge.

 

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The SAT has three scores, each on the scale of 200 to 800. Your score will include writing (W 200-800), mathematics (M 200-800), and critical reading (CR 200-800).

Your math and critical reading scores on the new SAT can be compared to the math and verbal scores on the old test. This is something colleges need for consistency in admissions requirements. However, the SAT writing score is completely new.

 *Students can go online to www.collegeboard.org to view scores or call 1-800 SAT-SCORE to hear scores over the phone.

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AP Testing:

 

The Advanced Placement Program gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while they are still in high school. Through this, they may earn credit, advance placement, or both for college. Students earn a score from 1-5 on each exam. Please contact individual colleges and universities to learn more about their individual policies regarding what scores will earn you credit; many institutions will accept scores of a 3 or higher.

Eustace High School offers several Advanced Placement courses. Students can choose to register for any of these classes, provided that they feel they are ready and dedicated. These courses are taught with national level standards in preparation to take the corresponding AP test in the spring. In addition to the AP classes, EHS also offers a number of Enriched classes that will prepare students for the AP test.

 

AP examinations remain a very beneficial way for your student to attempt to earn college credit as well as take advantage of the opportunity to learn and test at the collegiate level.

 

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AP Test Registration:

 

Registration for AP exams will occur through Eustace High School. Students have been notified about this process. Please see AP schedule in the counselors office to make plans to help prepare the student for these particular dates.

 

Registration forms are available through AP teacher's and are also available in the main office. All students must register for and pay for each specific exam they wish to take during the AP Test Schedule. Please attach one check payable to Eustace High School to the top copy of the registration form. The form and payment should be returned to Ms. Bee in the main office. Each exam is scheduled for a specific date and time; The College Board sets these dates and times.

 

Exams ordered after Monday, March 1st will be assessed a late registration fee of $10.00. Since exams ordered and paid for may not be sold or assigned to another student, NO REFUNDS will be given for tests not taken.

The exams will be administered at Eustace High School.



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