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College Testing

Curious about college admission tests?  Your advocate and the WHS CCC has the information you need!  Most four-year colleges and universities rely on standardized tests to determine how ready you are for college-level work. A good test score can help you get into your school of choice, earn scholarships, and receive advanced placement or college credit.  The table below provides an overview of the tests you should take each school year.

The organizations that offer the SAT and the ACT also offer tests that are meant to be taken in sophomore or junior year. The PSAT/NMSQT is available as practice for the SAT, and PLAN is available as practice for the ACT. These preliminary, or introductory, tests make great practice tests because they have the same formats and question types as the admission tests.  There are many website online, like 
The College Board, Learning Express Library (link provided on the left), and YouTube, that offer test preparation advice- Be sure to check them out! 

Note:  KCKPS provides the spring ACT for juniors and the PLAN for sophomores during the school day at no cost to students.  Students may take the ACT more than once in an effort to get the highest score possible.   If you are interested in scheduling additional tests or getting ahold of some study tools, talk to your advocate or visit the College & Career Center in room 125.

 

Sophomores

 

What test should you take?

What does it test?

Why should you take this test?

How do you get more information?

PLAN

English, reading, math, and science skills

Helps prepare for college entrance exams

Note:  KCKPS provides the PLAN for sophomores during the school day at no cost to students.

 

Juniors

 

What test should you take?

What does it test?

Why should you take this test?

How do you get more information?

Preliminary SAT

(PSAT)

Critical reading, math reasoning abilities, and writing skills (Serves as National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors)

Helps prepare for college entrance exams by giving you feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study

ACT

English, reading, math, and science reasoning skills; optional writing test

Most common entrance exam for four-year colleges in Midwest and Central United States

 

SAT

Critical reading, math reasoning abilities, and writing skills

Most common entrance exam for four-year colleges on East and West coasts

 

 

Seniors

 

What test should you take?

What does it test?

Why should you take this test?

How do you get more information?

ACT

English, reading, math, and science reasoning skills; optional writing test

Most common entrance exam for four-year colleges in Midwest and Central United States.

 

SAT

Critical reading, math reasoning abilities, and writing skills

Most common entrance exam for four-year colleges on East and West coasts

 

 

Find more ACT videos by searching for ACT Test on YouTube

 

Find more SAT videos by searching for SAT Test on YouTube