Admissions Testing

Every year, 11th graders take the PSAT in the middle of October.  The test begins at 10:15, after Morning Lesson, and ends at approximately around 1:15.

There are study guides and practice tests for the PSAT, as well as a wealth of information, on the College Board website:

The PSAT is a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program, which uses high test scores to select semi-finalists for a variety of scholarships. If you would like to find out more about the National Merit Scholarship Program, go to the website:

On the morning of the PSAT, please encourage your student to eat a good breakfast, and make sure they get lots of sleep the night before. This test is good practice for the SAT test that students will take junior year.

SAT and ACT Tests:

The SAT and ACT are globally recognized college admission tests. It is recommended that juniors take the SAT/ACT for the first time during their junior year of high school.  Please view the following resources for more information and test preparation. is a new, free online resource for your students to prepare for the ACT and SAT.  Featuring over 700 practice questions all with video solutions, over 1100 flashcards, over 1500 real college admissions essays, and over 100 articles and guides, is designed with students.

As part of our College Counseling curriculum, students learn how tests may or may not be part of their college admissions process, the differences between the ACT and SAT tests, and how they are used in the college admissions process.

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) is an organization that discusses the issue of admissions testing, and maintains a growing list of Test Optional Colleges.