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College Entrance Exams

  • PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) - a short form of the SAT Reasoning Exam. The PSAT/NMSQT offers students the opportunity to gain experience taking standardized college admissions exams. For eleventh graders taking the PSAT/NMSQT, the exam can qualify students for National Merit Scholarship Funds.
  • SAT - a three-hour exam structured in three parts: Critical reading, Math and Writing. Each section will be scored on a scale from 200-800. Most universities require the SAT Reasoning Test for admission.
  • SAT Subject Tests - exams are offered in a variety of subjects and are designed to measure specific accomplishments and knowledge in a single field. Most of the exams are multiple-choice. Each SAT Subject Tests are scored on a scale of 200 - 800. Currently, the University of California and some private universities require two SAT Subject Tests (Two exams of your choice: Languages, sciences, history, etc. If math is chosen, only Math level 2 will be accepted by the UC system).
  • ACT (American College Testing Program) - the exam is divided into four parts: English usage, Mathematics usage, Social Science Reading, and Natural Sciences Reading. There are four scores for the ACT - one for each of the individual exams. The composite score is the score most often used for admission purposes by universities and colleges. The ACT composite score is scored on a scale of 1 - 36. The ACT exam can be used for admissions into most universities and colleges. Students must choose the writing section in order to qualify for UC admissions if taking this exam.
  • AP Exams (Advanced Placement) - AP exams are offered in a variety of subjects. The tests are approximately three hours and combine written, objective, and aural selections. The AP examinations are used as measures of college achievement, and are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A minimum score of 3 is required to be granted college credit.