Although some colleges and universities no longer require standardized test scores to be submitted as part of the college application process, many still do.
Read on to learn more about standardizes tests and access resources to help you bring your "A game" on test day. Also, check out these myths about standardized tests.
What are standardized tests?
Standardized tests are tests given to all test takers in the same manner. These tests are also scored consistently across all test sites and among all test takers. Many colleges use them to assess students' preparedness for college.
What are examples of standardized tests?
Some of the most well-known standardized tests are the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), SAT, and the ACT.
What is the difference between the SAT and the ACT?
According to the the ACT website, "The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school."
The SAT has historically been more of an aptitude test. However, it is being redesigned to connect more closely to material learned in school.
When and where are standardized tests given?
Test dates and locations can be found online for the SAT, PSAT, and the ACT.
Is there a fee to take these tests?
Yes, a fee is charged for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. However, you may qualify for a fee waiver. Contact your guidance counselor to see if you are eligible.
When should I take standardized tests?
Most students take the PSAT during their sophomore and/or junior years the SAT and the ACT during their junior and/or senior years.
Will a low score on a standardized test prevent me from getting into college?
College admissions officers consider a wide range of factors when making their admissions decisions. While standardized test scores are often among these factors, the scores alone are unlikely to dictate whether you are accepted at a college.
What resources are available to help me prepare for standardized tests?
Preparing for the PSAT
Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Speed on the SAT
Get the Official SAT Practice Question of the Day
Take a Full SAT Practice Test
ACT Question of the Day
Practice ACT Questions