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Recommended Testing Timeline

Recommended College Admission Testing Timeline


 
  • 10th Grade
Fall – PSAT (one national test date in October)

       ACT Practice test (spring date to be determined by Meridian)

 

  • 11th Grade
Fall – PSAT (one national test date in October)
Spring – ACT & SAT (multiple national test dates)

 

  • 12th Grade
Fall – ACT and/or SAT (repeat as needed)

 

 

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.

 

PSAT

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.