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Testing Information

ACT

The ACT is one of the standardized tests required by colleges. It has five categories: English, mathematics, reading, science, and an optional writing section. Each section is scored separately and combined together for a composite score. The highest score a student can receive is 36.

 

SAT

The SAT is one of the standardized tests required by colleges. It measures two skill categories: evidence-based reading/ writing and mathematics. Each section is worth 200-800 points, with a total of 400-1600 points.  The SAT Essay is optional and is not included in SAT Composite Score.

 

PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. Juniors who take the test can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. From Collegeboard, the most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • to receive information from colleges when you check yes to Student Search Service.

The PSAT has three sections: critical reading, math and writing skills. It is offered once a year in October.

Advanced Placement (AP) Coursework and Exams

Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May, and the score ranges from 0 to 5, with 5 as the highest. 3 is considered the minimum passing score. Benton High School gives AP Exams in English III, English IV, Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Government, European History, and Computer Science Principles.

Unlike honors courses, students may earn college credit, depending on their AP test scores and the college's requirements. To find out more about AP tests, please visit link.