Recommended College Admission Testing Timeline
Fall – PSAT (one national test date in October): See Meridianś website for details
Spring - ACT Practice test (in College Readiness)
What is the difference between PSAT and SAT you may ask? They are almost identical except that the PSAT is 15 minutes shorter than the SAT and does not include an essay. Check out https://blog.collegeboard.org/difference-between-sat-and-psat for more information.
Fall – PSAT (one national test date in October)
Spring – ACT & SAT (multiple national test dates; students must register)
Fall – ACT and/or SAT (repeat as needed)
ACT - (registration information at: https://my.act.org/account/signin?location=https)
College admissions exam, offered 7 times yearly, September through July, at ACT testing centers
Content includes English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing (Writing may be “optional" on test day, but is required by many colleges)
SAT - (registration information at: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register)
College admissions exam, offered 7 times yearly, August through June, at SAT testing centers
Content includes Reading, Language, Math, and Writing (Writing may be “optional" on test day, but is required by many colleges)
ACT Practice test
Practice test for the ACT is administered in the College Readiness class.
Practice test for SAT
Offered once each fall, on a single date determined by College Board.
The score earned in the fall of the Junior year is used to determine qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
SAT Subject Tests
These are hour-long, content-based tests in specific subjects. There are 20 tests available in five general areas: English, history, languages, math, and science. Subject Tests are used in several different ways:
Admission – some selective colleges include Subject Tests as part of their admission requirements
Placement – some colleges use these test scores to determine placement in the appropriate courses
Credit – some colleges use these test scores to award credit for college courses
Note: Since all colleges do not use these tests, it is important for students to research their potential colleges to determine whether these are needed. Subject Tests are administered on all SAT testing dates, and are generally taken whenever a student completes the curriculum being tested.