College Entrance Exams

  • Students can receive more information about or assistance with registration for college entrance exams in the College and Career Center. Students who qualify for exam fee waivers need to see Mrs. Bradshaw about how to obtain the fee waiver.

    Juniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT and ACT on the SHS campus during the school day on the following dates. 

     

    Test dates are as follows:

    ACT (No Writing) School Day: March 2, 2021

    SAT (No Writing) School Day: March 24, 2021

    Juniors can elect to take one exam for free. If juniors select to take both exams, students must pay for one exam. 

    Payment completes registration. Cash or checks made payable to SHS must be brought to the College and Career Center.

    Registration information coming December 2020. 


  • Which test to take and when
      
    PSAT/NMSQT
    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is an important first step towards college. Test results and their accompanying analysis are valuable tools that can help prepare students for the SAT® and education opportunities beyond high school. The PSAT can be taken in 9th and 10th grade years, but the 11th grade year is the NMSQT scholarship qualifying year.
    Test Date: October 

    SAT
    The SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Each year, more than two million students take the SAT. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's college readiness. It is advised to take the SAT in the spring of the 11th grade year, then again in the fall of the 12th grade year if needed. 
    SHS CEEB code: 446-087 
     
    ACT
    The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.  The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.  The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. It is advised to take the SAT in the spring of the 11th grade year, then again in the fall of the 12th grade year if needed.
    SHS CEEB code: 446-087 
     
    ACT/SAT Test Prep Course Reviews
    You can see reviews of some popular ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses by clicking on this link www.reviews.com/act-sat-test-prep-courses/  

    TSI
    The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help your college/university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and math.

     ASVAB
    The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. More than half of all high schools nationwide administer the ASVAB test to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (sophomores cannot use their scores for enlistment eligibility). Students may also take the test at another school or through a recruiter and may retake the test as needed.
     
    The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help young adults identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and develop effective strategies to realize career goals.

    The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:

    • General Science
    • Arithmetic Reasoning
    • Word Knowledge
    • Paragraph Comprehension
    • Mathematics Knowledge
    • Electronics Information
    • Auto and Shop Information
    • Mechanical Comprehension

    STAAR
    For information regarding the STAAR, see the TEA STAAR Resources page.
     
     
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National Test Dates

  • College entrance exams may also be taken at various locations on Saturdays. Regisration for the National Saturday Tests must be done through the individual test vendors site. 

    SHS School Code: 446087

    To register for the SAT click on this link www.collegeboard.org

    National Tests held on Saturdays include these dates for 2020-2021

    Test Date: September 26  Registration Deadline: August 31

    Test Date: September 19  Registration Deadline: August 31

    Test Date: October 10  Regisration Deadline: September 17

    Test Date: October 17  Regisration Deadline: September 17

    Test Date: October 24  Regisration Deadline: September 17

    Test Date: December 12  Regisration Deadline: November 6

    Test Date: February 6  Regisration Deadline: January 8

    Test Date: April 17  Regisration Deadline: March 12

    Test Date: June 12  Regisration Deadline: May 7

    Test Date: July 17  Regisration Deadline: June 18

    National Test Day costs:

    • SAT with Essay - $64.50
    • SAT with NO Essay - $49.50

    **Students on free/reduced lunch may qualifty for a waiver. See Mrs. Bradshaw in the College and Career Center for details. 

    To register for the ACT click on the link act.org

    National Tests held on Saturdays include these dates for 2020-2021

    Test Date: September 12  Registration Deadline: August 31

    Test Date: September 19  Registration Deadline: August 31

    Test Date: October 10  Regisration Deadline: September 17

    Test Date: October 17  Regisration Deadline: September 17

    Test Date: October 24  Regisration Deadline: September 17

    Test Date: December 12  Regisration Deadline: November 6

    Test Date: February 6  Regisration Deadline: January 8

    Test Date: April 17  Regisration Deadline: March 12

    Test Date: June 12  Regisration Deadline: May 7

    Test Date: July 17  Regisration Deadline: June 18

    National Test Day costs:

    • ACT with Writing (Essay) - $70.00
    • ACT with NO Writing - $55.00

    **Students on free/reduced lunch may qualifty for a waiver. See Mrs. Bradshaw in the College and Career Center for details.