SAT and ACT Testing
The SAT and ACT are standardized, objective tests that are required for entrance into four-year colleges and universities. Your scores show colleges how ready you are to handle the work at their institutions and how your skills compare with other applicants. As a high school Junior, you should be preparing to take these exams during the spring of your Junior year or at the latest, fall of your Senior year.
*We HIGHLY recommend that a student take both the SAT and ACT at least once and then retake the test they were more successful on for a better score.
Test Prep Opportunities for SAT
Test Prep Opportunities for ACT
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test The PSAT/NMSQT, a short form of the SAT, measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. It serves four purposes:
- Allows students to compare their academic abilities with other college-bound students at their specific grade level.
- Familiarizes students with the SAT.
- Shows the student areas on which he/she may need to concentrate additional preparation before taking the SAT.
- Allows college-bound juniors to compete for National Merit Scholarship.
Credit by Examination
In certain situations, credit by examination may be used to earn credit in an academic course at the secondary level. Prior approval of the campus counselor or administrator is required. Credit by examination shall not be used to gain eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities.
The minimum passing standard for a student who has had prior formal instruction in the specific course from an accredited institution is a 70. The minimum passing standard for a student who has not had prior formal instruction is an 80. The principal or his/her designee makes the final determination regarding whether or not a student has received prior instruction from an accredited institution.
Exams will be administered four times each year at no cost; additional opportunities for credit by exam shall be paid for by the student and arranged with the counselor. A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times. Students must register with the counselor according to the published calendar. The test shall be administered according to procedures and calendar approved by the superintendent or designee. In preparation for graduation, where there is a credit deficit and additional credits are required, the superintendent or designee may allow additional credits to be earned through credit by exam. A grade that meets the requirements (70 with prior instruction; 80 without prior instruction) on a credit by exam will earn high school credit and be awarded grade points if it is one of the courses used to calculate GPA. No credit by exam grade will be awarded weighted grade points.
If a student fails to earn credit by exam for a high school course before the beginning of the school year when the student would normally be expected to enroll in that course according to the district's schedule, the student must satisfactorily complete the course in order to earn credit.