PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (Grades 9-11)
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It is administered for the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The PSAT/NMSQT® is offered each October at the high school for a nominal fee.
The PSAT/NMSQT®measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. Students will not be asked to recall facts from literature, history, or science, or to complete math formulas, because this test measures reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Taking the PSAT/NMSQT® offers students the opportunity to get free, personalized, and focused practice through Khan Academy®; prepare for the SAT®; start getting ready for college; enter scholarship competitions; and see which AP® courses they may be ready for.
Information about the PSAT/NMSQT may be found at: http://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test (Grades 11-12)
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess a student's academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests a student's knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
Information about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests (including test dates, deadlines, and fees) may be found at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
ACT - American College Testing (Grades 11-12)
The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It 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; it measures what students have learned in high school, so taking the right courses is important. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay.
In addition to being a college admissions exam, the ACT includes a profile and education/career planning section to help students plan for life after high school. Students will receive personalized career information and develop a comprehensive profile that tells colleges about their work in high school and future plans. Students can also see their strengths and weaknesses in the subject areas tested to help direct their future education.
Information about the ACT (including test dates, deadlines, and fees) may be found at: http://www.actstudent.org/
TSI - Texas Success Initiative (Grades 9-12)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program legislated by the State of Texas to improve the success of students in college. There are two parts to the program: (1) An assessment to evaluate students' skills in reading, mathematics, and writing, and (2) Developmental instruction designed to strengthen academic skills that need improvement.
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is a program designed to help an institution determine if students are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet their needs to become better prepared for college-level course work if they are not ready. Incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless already exempt — to determine their readiness for college-level work. Based on how the student performs, they may either be enrolled in a college-level course that matches their skill level or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve their skills and prepare them for success in college-level courses.
For information about the TSIA, visit College for All Texans or contact an adviser/counselor at your institution of higher education.
AP Exams - Advanced Placement Exams (Grades 9-12)
Each AP course concludes with a college-level exam developed and scored by college and university faculty members as well as experienced AP teachers. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to apply the new critical thinking skills they have learned in a comprehensive exam. AP Exams are administered each year in May.
Information about the AP program may be found at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home