Test Preparation

Test Preparation

Most schools still require students to take either the SAT or ACT. These are usually taken in the spring of junior year and, if desired, again in the fall of senior year. The PSAT is offered from 9th-11th grade and provides feedback on performance (the SAT and ACT do not). The PSAT also offers scholarships for students who excel on the exam when taken in the fall of their junior year.

PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject, Explained

Register for the SAT

Register for the ACT

These resources can give you an idea of what kinds of scores are needed for highly selective schools.

SAT Scores for Top Public U’s (2019)

National Merit Scholar Cut Off

If standardized testing is not a strength for you, these lists can help reassure you that some schools are aware that these tests don't actually say a lot about whether a student will succeed in college.

Test Optional/Test Flexible Schools

Schools with a 1180 SAT