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Test scores are not the only criteria that colleges use in making admission decisions. However, certain test results are an integral part of the admission process at most colleges and universities. Students should carefully check the requirements at prospective colleges to determine whether an SAT I/SAT II or ACT is required.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

SAT versus ACT. Is one harder? Is one better? More prestigious? More useful? If only it were that simple. More about the SAT vs. the ACT.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT & SAT II Subject Tests)

There are three SAT sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing. The Writing section requires test takers to complete an essay that is factored into the final score. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 45 minutes.

In addition to the SAT some schools require SAT ll Subject Tests to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas.

SAT Information and Registration

American College Test (ACT)

The ACT has four sections: English, Reading, Math and Science, as well as an optional 30-minute writing test. Some schools may require the writing test, so be sure to ask before you take it.

ACT Information and Registration

PSAT Information for Students and Parents

PSAT scores are typically released by the College Board in December. Students will need to create a College Board account if they have not done so already to access their scores online at

If your student already has an account and does not remember their username or password, you will have to contact College Board directly at (866) 315-6068. Most students in grades 10 and 11 have previously created accounts with teachers and counselors in their classrooms, and further have linked to Khan Academy for personalized practice that has been shown to be very effective ahead of taking one's SAT's. Below is a video published by The College Board outlining this process.

How to Link Your College Board + Khan Academy Accounts - YouTube

Now that you have your PSAT/NMSQT scores, you can link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access free, personalized practice on Khan Academy.

For grade 9, when the student is creating an account, please make note of your username and password, as you will need it in the future.

Below is a presentation that explains how to interpret and understand the PSAT score report:

Interpret your PSAT Score Report

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