SOAR High School

College Testing Information

Testing is a necessary step toward college and is often a requirement to be considered "eligible" for consideration to a four year college/university.  Whether it is the SAT/ACT, ELM/EPT, or the UC Writing Exam, students will most likely be testing at some point throughout their junior and/or senior year.  This page will provide valuable information regarding testing that is often required for college entrance.  

PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:

  • What you learn in high school
  • What you need to succeed in college

If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.  The best way to prepare for the test is to:

  • Take challenging courses
  • Do your homework
  • Prepare for tests and quizzes
  • Ask and answer lots of questions

In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can!

The PSAT is offered in October annually.  Test scores from the October 2016 test are available on www.collegeboard.org.

 

PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Score Ranges

PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 Score Reported

Details

Score Range

Total score

Sum of the two section scores.

320–1520

Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.

160–760

Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

8–38

Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.

8–38

Subscores (7)

Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.

1–15

 
PSAT Scores and Information: PSAT
 
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ACT
  • ACT test scores are accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities, including highly selective institutions.
  • The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Questions are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.

 

Registering for the ACT Test

You'll need to create an ACT student web account or log in to your existing account (see image). Registration includes a career exploration component that relates to your personal characteristics and career options to help you start thinking about future plans. 

Registration takes approximately 40 minutes. As you go through the process, the system will periodically save your data, so you can stop any time and return when you're ready. 

We recommend that you have the following items handy for registration:

  • Your high school course information
  • Payment method
  • Photo (now or anytime before the photo deadline)
  
2017-2018 Test Dates    
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
Saturday, September 9, 2017 Friday, August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017 Friday, November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018* Friday, January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Friday, March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018 Friday, May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018

 

Fee Waivers Available from Mrs. Chainey in S3. Students must fill out a fee waiver request form and provide proof of need to be issued a fee waiver.

 
ACT Registration: ACT
 
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SAT

 

The world needs more people who can solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships. The SAT Suite of Assessments focuses on the skills and knowledge that will help today’s students meet that need.

The tests are designed to:

  • Measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.
  • Have a stronger connection to classroom learning.
  • Inspire productive practice.
 
REMINDER: Sign up for the SAT with the Essay
 

Test Dates and Deadlines

2017-18 SAT Dates

Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. To see international SAT test dates, visit International Registration.

SAT Date

SAT Subject Tests Available

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Deadline for Changes

August 26, 2017 Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

July 28, 2017

August 8, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

August 15, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

August 15, 2017

October 7, 2017 Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

September 8, 2017

September 19, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

September 27, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

September 27, 2017

November 4, 2017 Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

October 5, 2017

October 17, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

October 25, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

October 25, 2017

December 2, 2017 Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

November 2, 2017

November 14, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

November 21, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

November 21, 2017

March 10, 2018 Register

SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date

February 9, 2018

February 20, 2018 (for mailed registrations)

February 28, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

February 28, 2018

May 5, 2018 Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

April 6, 2018

April 17, 2018 (for mailed registrations)

April 25, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

April 25, 2018

June 2, 2018

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date

May 3, 2018

May 15, 2018 (for mailed registrations)

May 23, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 23, 2018

 

Fee Waivers Available from Mrs. Chainey in S3. Students must fill out a fee waiver request form and provide proof of need to be issued a fee waiver.

 

SAT Registration: SAT

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CSU Early Assessment Program

(EAP)


The Early Assessment Program (EAP) lets you know if you are ready for college-level work in English and mathematics at the end of your junior year of high school.  The early signal gives you the opportunity to improve your skills during your senior year or the summer before attending a CSU or community college.

How do I determine my EAP Status?

Your school may provide you with your CAASPP results within 2-4 weeks after all schools in the district have completed testing. There are two ways to determine your EAP status:

 

Watch a video and learn more @ http://www.csusuccess.org/caaspp 
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UC Analytical Writing Examination
 
Entry Level Writing Requirement


Contact AWPE

Customer Service:
(800) 839-8507

E-mail: awpe@ucop.edu

The Requirement

ALL STUDENTS who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as Subject A requirement).

Students can meet this requirement by scoring:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or
  • 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or
  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam); or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam); or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam

The requirement can also be met by earning a grade of C or higher in an acceptable English composition course offered by a college or university.

 

Analytical Writing Placement Examination

All incoming California students who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement by April 1, must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May, at testing centers throughout the state.

 

In early April, students will receive a letter directing them to the test center at which they must take the test.

 

In mid-June, students can log in to their campus's admission website to check whether or not they have passed the exam. Results of the exam will not affect a student’s admission to the University. Those who do not pass the examination can still satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement before enrolling in the university by achieving a satisfactory score on one of the tests listed above or by completing an acceptable college course in English composition with a grade of C or better.

 

Students who have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement at the time they enroll in their classes must take a writing course designated by their campus.

 
Entry Level Writing Requirement Website: http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html
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