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College Entrance Exams

College Entrance Exams

Wilton High School CEEB and ACT Code: 070938

PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
Given in October to high school juniors, The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, writing skills.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are: to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study, to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college, to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11), to help prepare for the SAT and to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.

Students over 13 can share their scores with Khan Academy® to create a personalized practice experience. It’s the best way to prepare for other tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments, and it’s free. <>

SAT Reasoning Test :
The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems-skills you learned in school that you'll need in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. 
When to take: juniors usually take this test in May or June of junior year. Seniors usually take the test again in October or November of senior year or the NEW test date in August. You register online @

ACT: American College Testing Program

ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.  Separate scores plus a composite score averaging the tests. When to take: junior/senior year; Register online @

AP: Advanced Placement Tests
Three-hour examinations based on full-year, college level courses in high school. Given annually in May. Tests are offered in United States History, Art (History and Studio), Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science (A & AB), English (Language or Literature), European History, French (Language or Literature), German Language, Government and Politics (United States or Comparative), Latin: Vergil & Literature, Mathematics/Calculus (AB or BC), Music Theory, Physics (B or C), and Spanish (Language or Literature), Economics (Microeconomics & Macroeconomics), Statistics, Psychology. Often used for college credit or placement.
When to take: at end of AP course in May.