According to COLLEGE BOARD
HANDBOOK, the required college admission tests provide very important
information to both you and to the college to which you are
From your scores, you
From your scores, colleges
are able to compare you
with others applying for admission and with those students currently
enrolled in the institution;
have a fair, standardized
way for the admission staff to predict the likelihood of your
success in the college.
It is very important to know
the tests required for each school you are considering. A small
number of schools do not require the standardized tests for admission.
Assessment Test (SAT)
I is usually taken the first time in the spring of the junior year and
again in the fall of the senior year.
Most four year colleges require the SAT I as part of the
admission requirements. The
SAT I is composed of an essay, critical reading section and a mathematical
multiple-choice test. The
scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The
essay section is used differently according to the
college. Ask the admissions counselor how they use it in admissions
decisions if at all.
SAT II (Achievements)
Some schools require achievement tests as part of the admission
requirements. These one
hour multiple-choice tests may be used in the admission decision or may
be used by the college for placement. Usually schools require a Math test and an English test.
Consult the college catalogue for tests that may be required or
recommended in other subjects.
You may not take the
SAT II and the SAT I on the same day.
Check your college catalogues to determine if the colleges to
which you are applying require SAT II achievements. Be sure you plan your testing schedule wisely so all scores reach
the colleges prior to the deadline.
ACT - Also used for
colleges for admission. Students do not need to take both the SAT
and the ACT, although if a student does not do well on the SAT the
first time, it is advisable to take the ACT. The ACT test is
based more on the high school
curriculum e.g. has a science section. There are prep books in
the Career Center, also online at