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As you prepare for college, you’ll encounter at least one (and probably more than one) of the following college entrance exams: • PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Assessment Test • SAT Reasoning Test • ACT • SAT Subject Tests (formerly the SAT II)
Admissions requirements vary from school to school. Consult your prospective school when deciding which test to take. Learn more about each of the tests here:PSAT/NMSQTDescription: Two 25-minute critical reading sections; two 25-minute math sections; one 30-minute writing skills section. Not used to determine college admissions; intended to help students prepare for the SAT. Same format as the SAT, but shorter – a test of verbal and mathematical reasoning. Score range is between 20 and 80, with 80 being a perfect score. The average score for high school juniors is 49.Usually Taken: During your junior year, though you may wish to take it sooner for practice.Tips and Strategies: If you do well on the PSAT (and meet additional academic requirements), you may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program (a nationally distributed merit-based scholarship). Only scores from the junior year are used to determine qualification for National Merit Program. Tips and StrategiesSAT Subject TestsDescription: One-hour test that assesses mastery of a particular field of study. Up to three tests can be required for admissions. Some schools use the SAT II for course placement; others don’t require it at all. Tests are offered in five subject areas: English, Math, History, Science and Foreign Language. Scores are based on an 800-point scale.Usually Taken: Soon after you have finished the relevant course work (can be as early as freshman or sophomore year, depending on the school’s curriculum and the student’s progress).Tips and Strategies: Entrance requirements vary from college to college. Consult your guidance counselor or college admissions representative to determine which tests you should take.