Pre-College Testing Programs (PSAT, SAT, ACT)

  • School Code Numbers for ACT/SAT/PSAT

    Hazen 480987 ~ Lindbergh 480985 ~ Renton High 480990 ~ Talley Sr. High ~ 480989

    P.S.A.T. (PRELIMINARY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST) and N.M.S.Q.T. (NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST)

    Tests subject area strengths. Finalists qualify for National Merit Scholarships. The results are used by colleges and others for scholarship consideration. A fee may be charged.

    When: October

    Grade Level: Sophomores and juniors (but only juniors qualify for NMSQT)

    Why:

    1. Results used to determine National Merit Scholarships/ and achievement scholarships awarded in the spring;
    2. Used with other records, these scores are generally valid predictors of academic achievement in college and provide a comparison with other college-bound students;
    3. Provides a basis for taking other college entrance tests; Gives students the opportunity to participate in Student Search Service of the College Board;
    4. Selected African American students may compete for national achievement scholarship awards. Hispanic students may compete to be considered for Outstanding Hispanic Scholarship Awards.

    SAT I

    College-bound students take this test for admission to a 4-year college or university. Nearly all colleges accept either the ACT or SAT I.  The test measures academic aptitude in math, critical reading, and writing.  Juniors planning to apply to four-year colleges or service academies should take the test in May of their junior year; some selective schools require SAT II tests which are subject matter tests. A fee may be charged. Students are responsible for registering and selecting their preference for the test site.  The SAT may be given at your high school.

    When: October, November, December, January, March, May, June
    Grade Level: Juniors and Seniors
    Register: www.collegeboard.com

    ACT

    Measures academic achievement in English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning, plus an optional writing test. Test contains analytical and problem solving exercises.  Juniors may want to take the test in June of their junior year.  Students often take both the SAT I and the ACT test to increase chances for successful admission. A fee is charged.   Students currently receiving free/reduced lunch qualify for a fee waiver; see your school counselor for more information. Students are responsible for registering and selecting their preference for the test site.

    When: September, October, December, February, April, June
    Grade Level: Juniors and Seniors
    Register: www.actstudent.org