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SAT Reasoning/Subject Test Dates
·     SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests are given on the same day. You can only select one of the exams to take on a given exam date.
·     SAT Subject Test – Must select 2-3 subjects to take (Seniors: It is recommended to take the November test date).
·     SAT Reasoning cost: $52.50 per exam; free if student is eligible for a fee waiver. (Seniors: It is recommended to take the October & December test dates)
·     SAT Subject Test cost: $24.00 plus $13.00 per subject (Total cost between $29-$58).
·     Student can obtain up to two fee waivers for SAT Reasoning and two fee waivers for SAT Subject.

ACT Exam Dates
·     ACT exam – Must include Writing (Seniors: It is recommended to take the October & December test date).
·     ACT exam with Writing cost: $54.50 per exam; free if student is eligible for a fee waiver.
·     Student can obtain up to two fee waivers for the ACT exam.

Testing Information
Most universities will require some form of standardized testing for admission. Listed below are the major standardized tests that you will need to take. The good news is through early preparation you can actually increase your score!!!!
SAT Reasoning
  • The SAT is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills
  • The SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 (for math and verbal)
  • The test is administered several times a year

SAT Subject
Subject Tests, one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests, measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge.
  • Exams Vary
  • Many colleges require or recommend one or more of the Subject Tests for admission or placement.

The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT I: Reasoning Test and SAT II: Writing Test. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
* verbal reasoning skills
* critical reading skills
* math problem-solving skills
* writing skills
You should definitely take the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year. Many students benefit from also taking it earlier, typically in their sophomore year. If you take it earlier, recognize that the PSAT/NMSQT is a junior-level test, so don't get discouraged if your score is low. Your score will usually increase as your years of study increase.

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement courses can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities. You have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
For more information regarding registration dates for the SAT, PSAT, and advance Placement got to

Test Preparation
The College Board Online At this site, you can try your luck at the Test Question of the Day (and sign up to have the Question of the Day delivered to your e-mail), print and take a free practice test, and review directions, approaches and practice SAT questions.
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Kaplan Test Prep

A well known commercial test prep company that has classes all over the country for the ACT, SAT, and many other tests. They also have a parent newsletter that has tips for the entire college admissions/financial aid process. You can sign up for it here.