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Standardized Tests (ACT/PSAT/SAT)

The PSAT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests offered by College Board. The ACT is a standardized test offered by the ACT organization. 

Some colleges and universities require the submission of standardized test scores, while others are test-optional. Each college or university’s admissions office or website is the best place to find detailed information about test requirements and recommendations.

  • When registering for standardized tests, you will need Westhill’s CEEB code: 070751

 

PSAT: www.psat.org

All sophomores and juniors are administered the PSAT during a school day in October. This is a preliminary test for practice purposes and the results are not reported to colleges. Juniors taking the exam have the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship based on the outcome of this test. Students will receive valuable feedback to help them prepare for the SAT. 

All students are encouraged to link their personalized results to Khan Academy for free SAT test preparation: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

 

SAT: www.sat.org

The SAT measures a student's skills in math and critical reading & writing. Students in grades 11 and 12 take the SAT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process. How many times a student takes the test depends on each individual’s level of satisfaction with their scores. Students interested in taking the SAT must register through the SAT website. 

All students are encouraged to link their personalized results to Khan Academy for free SAT test preparation: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

 

Connecticut SAT School Day:

All juniors will take the SAT in the spring during SAT School Day. This is an official SAT administration and students can send these scores to colleges if they choose to. All juniors are automatically registered to take the SAT on this day. 

 

SAT Subject Tests: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests 

Subject Tests are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as a student’s ability to apply that knowledge. Students take Subject Tests to demonstrate their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, math, science, and foreign language. Some highly selective colleges require or recommend SAT Subject Tests for admission. Some of these colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission, while others will allow applicants to choose which tests to take. For information on a specific college’s requirements, refer to the admissions page on that college’s website or call the admissions office.

 

ACT: www.act.org

The ACT covers four academic skill areas: English, math, reading, and science reasoning. It also offers an optional essay. These test sections are individually scored on a scale of 1–36, and a composite score (the rounded whole number average of the four sections) is provided. The optional essay is scored from 1-12 and is not calculated into the composite score. How many times a student takes the test depends on each individual’s level of satisfaction with their scores. Students interested in taking the ACT must register through the ACT website.

ACT Academy offers free, personalized practice for the ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-academy.html

 

Requesting Accommodations for Standardized Testing:

Students who receive accommodations through a 504 Plan or an IEP must apply for accommodations directly with the College Board or ACT. Only students who have approval from College Board are eligible for accommodations on the PSAT, SAT, Subject Tests, and/or AP Exams. Only students who have approval from ACT are eligible for accommodations on the ACT.

For more information about receiving accommodations from College Board: https://accommodations.collegeboard.org/ 

For more information about receiving accommodations from ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration/accommodations.html

 

Fee Waivers:

Students who receive free or reduced lunch qualify for fee waivers from College Board and ACT. To receive a fee waiver code, see Mr. Stepkoski in the College & Career Center. 

For more information on fee waivers from College Board (SAT):

For more information on fee waivers from ACT: