Recommended Testing Timeline
- 10th Grade
ACT Practice test (spring date to be determined by Meridian)
- 11th Grade
- 12th Grade
What are these tests?
ACT - (registration information at: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/
College admissions exam, offered 7 times yearly, September through July, at ACT testing centers
Content includes English, Math, Reading, Science, and optional Writing (although this “optional” section is required by many colleges)
SAT - (registration information at: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register)
College admissions exam, offered 7 times yearly, August through June, at SAT testing centers
Content includes Reading, Language, Math, and Writing
ACT Practice test
Practice test for the ACT
Offered once each year, on a date determined by the school.
Practice test for SAT
Offered once each fall, on a single date determined by College Board.
The score earned in the fall of the Junior year is used to determine qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
SAT Subject Tests
These are hour-long, content-based tests in specific subjects. There are 20 tests available in five general areas: English, history, languages, math, and science. Subject Tests are used in several different ways:
- Admission – some selective colleges include Subject Tests as part of their admission requirements
- Placement – some colleges use these test scores to determine placement in the appropriate courses
- Credit – some colleges use these test scores to award credit for college courses
Note: Since all colleges do not use these tests, it is important for students to research their potential colleges to determine whether these are needed. Subject Tests are administered on all SAT testing dates, and are generally taken whenever a student completes the curriculum being tested.