Testing Resources for High School Students

What is the SAT?

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and to provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

​When is the best time to take the SAT?

The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.

What is the ACT?

Similar to the SAT, the ACT is an entrance exam that colleges and universities use when making admissions decisions. ACT scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.

Benefits of using PSAT/NMSQT Scores

The PSAT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also serves as a practice test for the SAT, but be aware that you can't submit PSAT scores to colleges as your standardized test scores.

  • College Readiness and College Access
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • SAT Advantage
  • Feedback on Strengths and Weaknesses
  • AP Potential

To access more information on the PSAT/NMSQT, please click here.

Access ACT prep materials at the Kaplan Free ACT Test Prep.