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College Testing Information

PSAT NMSQT:

Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT NMSQT are administered nationally in October and allow students to become familiar with the type of questions on the SAT. Junior year scores qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test is offered at SLz.

SAT I:

The Scholastic Assessment Test is required by many colleges and universities as part of the college admissions process. This is a three- hour test which measures verbal, and mathematics skills. Most colleges and universities will accept either SAT I or ACT scores. You should take the test in the spring of 11th grade or fall of 12th grade.

SAT II:

The SAT II's are subject-based tests in writing, mathematics, literature, history, science, and languages. Some colleges and universities require these tests for admission. The University of California requires three of them: writing, mathematics and one of the student's choice. Each test is one hour long. Registration is similar to that for SAT I's. Take the tests in 11th or early 12th grade.

ACT:

The American College Test is a college admissions test required by many colleges and universities as part of the college admissions process. The test is comprised of four parts: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The four-part test is three hours long. Take the test in 11th or early 12th grade.

AP:

The Advanced Placement exams are given in May. Scoring a 3,4, or 5 (out of 5) will often enable a student to receive college credit.

TOEFL:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language is a college admissions examination required of students whose first language is not English, or who have had fewer than three years of high school in an English speaking country. To obtain information about TOEFL, and a registration booklet, call (606) 771-7100.

UC Subject A Exam:

UC undergraduates must demonstrate proficiency in writing. One method is to achieve a composite score of 8 or higher on the UC Subject A examination. In May 2004 you must take the exam if you plan to enroll in fall 2004 unless you score a 3 or higher on the AP English test or score 680 or higher on the SAT II Writing test.

California State University English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM):

The EPT and ELM are required of all new students at any California State University campus. You are exempt from the EPT if your SAT I Verbal score is 550 or higher (24 or higher on ACT). You are exempt from the ELM if your SAT I Math score is 550 or higher (23 or higher on ACT). You may schedule the tests at any CSU campus. You need to take the test in the spring or early summer of 12th grade.

Fee Purpose Content Scoring Score Scales Total

Test

ACT

SAT I

$23.00 $24.00
Measures academic achievement in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Designed to measure academic aptitude in verbal and numerical reasoning.
25% English: usage/mechanics, punctuation, basic grammar/usage, sentence structure; Rhetorical skills, strategy, organization, style.

25% Mathematics: pre-algebra, elementary and intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, trigonometry.

25% Reading: art/literature - prose fiction, humanities; social studies/sciences - history, political science, biology, chemistry, physics, physical sciences.

25% Science Reasoning: interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills, required in biology, physical sciences, chemistry, and physics

50% - Verbal: analogies, sentence completions, critical reading in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and narrative passages.

50% - Mathematics: arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

Scores based on number of right answers. No penalty for guessing. Scores adjusted for guessing.
English: 1-36
Reading 1-36
Math: 1-36
Science: 1-36
Verbal: 200-800
Mathematics: 200-800
1-36 average of 4 test scores 400-1600 sum of both tests