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.
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
most benefit from additional study or practice.
- to see how your performance on
an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to
- to enter the competition for
scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
For more information:
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.