Colleges use two national admissions exams to review applicants: the SAT and the ACT.
At Cape Elizabeth High School all students take the PSAT/NMSQT (the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying test) in October of their sophomore and junior year. The PSAT is a standardized test that provides first hand practice for the SAT Reasoning test. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholar Corporation Scholarship programs (NMSC).
The SAT Reasoning test is a measure of the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college. This test asseses how well students analyze and solve problems. Each section is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing subscores for multiple choice and the essay. Students can register for the SAT through their College Board account.
The ACT is another common college admissions exam. The questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics and science. Sometimes students choose to take both tests.
The links below provide resources for admissions test preparation. The Maine Department of Education sponsored SAT prep requires a school code: see your counselor for that information.
The best preparation is to read, READ, read consistently. Suggested pre-test reading list attached.
ACT: ACT Test Prep
For location information look on the College Board Website.
ACT Testing Dates
February 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
June 8, 2019
July 13, 2019