College Readiness Exams

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is published by The College Board as a practice instrument for students planning to take the SAT. Eleventh grade students taking the PSAT/NMSQT may be eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships based on their PSAT score.

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SAT

The SAT measures critical writing and reading and mathematical reasoning skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful academically. SAT scores may be used as a tool to predict the academic performance of individual students in college-level classes. Because SAT scores are statistically controlled to maintain the same meaning from year to year, and because SAT-taker population is relatively stable from year to year, this report can be used to interpret SAT scores of individual students within the broader context of data; aggregate scores across groups of college-bound seniors; study changes over time in the characteristics of students taking the SAT; look at year-to-year educational and demographic changes in this population, along with changes in test performance.

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ACT

The ACT Assessment is designed to assess understanding and higher-order thinking skills in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science reasoning. The ACT reflects students’ skills and achievement levels as products of their high school experiences and serves as a measure of their preparation for academic coursework beyond high school.  

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Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is designed to provide students with opportunities to earn college or postsecondary credit and/or to determine appropriate placement in postsecondary programs. The College Board sponsors the AP program with technical operational services provided by Educational Testing Services (ETS). Scores on AP exams range from 1 to 5, with a "5" indicating that the examinee is "extremely well qualified." A score of "3" or higher is usually considered to be a qualifying score on the exams.

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