Test Dates and Information
AHS School Code: 470420
PSAT Test Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2023
This fall all students in grade 10th and 11th will have the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test- (PSAT/NMSQT). This college prep test is a way to motivate more students to enroll in advanced placement classes, to give students time to develop skills needed to be successful in high school and beyond, and encourage all students to consider college. We will administer the test on Wednesday, October 12th. The school division is covering all costs for administering and scoring this test. Please click here for more information.
To register, go to http://www.collegeboard.org
To register, go to http://www.act.org/
About SATs and ACTs
Most four year colleges require either SAT or ACT scores for admission. Though the SAT is more popular in this part of the country, the ACT is accepted at almost every college as well. Look at college websites for specific requirements. We recommend that students take their first SAT/ACT in the spring of 11th grade and take it again in October or November of 12th grade. Most people benefit from taking it more than once for two reasons:
- Most people improve their scores the second time they take it.
- Colleges will combine the best section scores from each test to come up with the total score.
You can prepare for the SAT and ACT. The first level of preparation is in your school classes. All academic classes focus on improving your writing, expanding your vocabulary, and understanding and analyzing what you read. Of course, your math classes will give you the necessary tools for the math section. On top of that, it is also recommended that you take practice tests and use the tools provided by SAT/ACT preparation books or on line at www.collegeboard.org and www.act.org, respectively. Khan Academy is another great resource for SAT prep and practice. There are also free SAT and ACT tutorials on www.virginiamentor.org. SAT preparation classes are available as well. Many are expensive. They are not necessary, but can be helpful.