Test Dates and Information
AHS School Code: 470420
PSAT Update: With our school division currently offering only all-virtual instruction at least until February 1, we have had to cancel in-person PSAT testing that was scheduled for next Tuesday, January 26th 2021.
One of the traditional benefits of the PSAT is the preparation it provides to students who later will be taking the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In place of the PSAT, you can access this opportunity through the College Board or with the Kahn Academy. Both offer full-length testing with time limits and answer sheets that resemble the PSAT experience. Your student’s school counselor can provide you with information on how to access these services, which are being provided at no cost.
Our eleventh graders also have used the PSAT to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Given the January 26th PSAT cancellation, if your student is a junior, they still will be able to compete for a National Merit Scholarship by using the program’s alternate entry option. For example, by taking an SAT test between now and June, a student can submit their scores to the College Board and still be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. You can find information on how to exercise this alternate entry option here.
**CANCELLED** PSAT Test Date: Tuesday, January 26 2021 **CANCELLED**
Albemarle County Public Schools will move to Stage 3 of our Return to School plan, on November 9, which allows for more students to come into our schools. With this decision in place, ACPS is able to offer all of our 11th-grade students the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in late January. While all 11th graders are eligible to test, participation in the test is optional. Students who are in need of transportation to the test can request it by contacting the school and it will be provided. We will administer the test on Tuesday, January 26, at Albemarle High School. 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.
2020-2021 AP Test Information
The College Board has communicated that at this time all Advanced Placement exams will be full-length, traditional AP exams that will be administered in our school building from May 3 - May 14, 2021. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses at Albemarle High School are not required to take any end of course AP exams but are welcome to test for an opportunity to potentially earn college credit for their hard work put in throughout the duration of their college level course.
The 2021 AP exam fee, set by the College Board is $95 per exam. AP Exam registration for all students interested in testing will occur in January 2021. Specific dates and details regarding AP exam registration will be shared as available after the start of the new year. Financial assistance is available for families facing hardships. Given this year’s unusual circumstances the College Board will not be charging an unused/cancelled exam fee. This means that you will receive a full refund if you decide not to test.
The College Board has shared that they are developing a contingency testing option if schools are not open to all students in May of 2021. Details regarding the contingency options will be shared as available in early 2021. The full 2021 AP exam testing schedule is available here. Further Advance Placement information can be found via the College Board website.