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Testing

SAT, ACT and PSAT/NMQT

Laurel School CEEB Code: 361-305

 

SAT I and Subject Tests

The SAT Reasoning Test, designed to test math, writing and critical reading skills, is a three hour and five minute exam.  All SAT I administrations now include a writing test.  Each portion of the SAT is graded on a scale from 200 to 800; two subscores will be provided for the writing section.

The SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) measure knowledge of a single subject area.  The hour long multiple-choice Subject Tests are given at the same time as the SAT, except in April when only the SAT I is given.

Students must register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. To register online for the SAT, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/testing/

 

ACT

The ACT is a battery of four tests which combine elements of aptitude and achievement testing.  An optional writing section is also available.  The ACT provides separate subscores in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning as well as an overall composite score.  The score range is 1 to 36 in each subject area. 

Students must register for the ACT test.  To register online for the ACT, go to http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to all sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at Laurel School. There is no need to register for this test.  The two hour and ten minute PSAT/NMSQT, with five sections (two critical reading, two math and one writing skills), includes the same types of multiple choice questions as the SAT Reasoning Test.  The PSAT/NMSQT provides three different scores on a 20 to 80 scale, one each for critical reading, math and writing skills. 

The PSAT, taken the sophomore yea,r is used to provide practice and gain feedback on strengths and weaknesses.  The junior PSAT provides practice and is the qualifying test used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to determine eligibility for National Merit Scholarships, National Achievement Scholarships and National Hispanic Scholars.

For additional information and to take a practice test, go to

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/prep_one.html