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College Level Testing

The following resources are for students and their families seeking information about college level testing, including finding and preparing for college admission tests, getting credit or advanced placement in college, or getting credit for college-level courses while attending high school.


The SAT® is a test many American colleges and universities accept to admit, place, and advise new students. SAT Subject Tests measure students' knowledge and skills in certain subject areas, including English, history, mathematics, science, and language. The SAT Reasoning Test measures students' critical thinking skills, including how well the student analyzes and solves problems.

The SAT® is owned, published, and developed by the College Board.


The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) both prepares students for the SAT® and gives them a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. Students usually take the test in the 10th or 11th grade.

The PSAT/NMSQT, which is also owned by the College Board, measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.

Advanced Placement Testing

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level classes students can take in high school. Students who complete AP courses and score successfully on related AP Exams can earn college credit and place out of introductory college courses.

ACT Assessment®

The ACT® is an alternative to the SAT®. It is an achievement test, rather than an aptitude test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The examination consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, science, and optionally, writing.

The ACT® is designed by ACT, Inc.

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