|College Testing Information|
|Written by David Barfield|
My wife and I are not authorities on the
subject of college testing. But we are learning about this
important area as our children grow and begin to look ahead to
the likelihood of time in college. Below is what we know on the
subject of college testing that may be helpful to some of you. We
would welcome supplemental information from those of you who are
further along than us.
We plan to have our daughter take the PSAT this year (as a sophomore) as a practice for next year. We also plan to have her take the ACT and/or the SAT a year ahead of her senior year. All this can be done. Below is information from discussion with our local school district guidance counselor and off the web. Some of the information is specific to Lawrence. Those of you not in Lawrence will have to do some research but I trust this will be a helpful starting place.
PSAT - Junior year
The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is taken during a
student's junior year. It is the basis for the National Merit
Scholarships and is taken as practice for the SAT which many
students take their senior year. The test is administered only
one day a year each fall throughout the country at the local high
Our local high school guidance counselor told us that our daughter could take it at either of Lawrence's high schools. She suggested that she could sign up for the test at the school's guidance office just after school was again in session, approximately September 1st. The cost of the test is around $20. When she signs up, she will be given a receipt to bring on the test date to indicate she has paid. You may wish to call your local guidance counselor to confirm the information for your local school district.
Below is a link to the College Board's web site for more information.
Overview of senior year tests
Colleges require prospective students to take one of two tests as part of their admissions process, the ACT and the SAT. In the mid-west, the ACT is more prevalent; on the coasts, the SAT. You may need to have your students take both if they are applying to a variety of schools.
Below is a link to the ACT's web site for more information. You can register on line. The site provides a full listing of test sites and dates.http://www.act.org/
You can register on-line.
The College Board's web site does not list SAT test locations. We understand that in Lawrence it is offered at K.U. According to the guidance counselor you can pick up a booklet with detailed information from any high school guidance counselor.
Below is a link to the college board's web site for more information.
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 September 2005 )|
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