Test Readiness

Test Readiness

1. In the post Covid world, more than 50 percent of colleges are test optional or blind. A few top schools are returning to the use of tests. Check each college’s current website.

2. Some kids will need to take the tests to show their testing prowess. Others can relax and focus on their activities and passions.

3. Students will take a variety of standardized tests to gain admissions to colleges. While there is limited evidence that these tests make a difference, competitive colleges use them to help sort students. We need to help students do their best.

4.We need to help students develop their testing schedules: SAT. ACT, AP Tests. The new SAT was just released. It’s digital and shorter in two ways-length of time and length of reading passages.


5. SAT and ACT Readiness: 

10th and 11th grade-Students can take the PSAT (readiness for PSAT) and PLAN (readiness for ACT). The 11th grade PSAT counts for National Merit Consideration.

11th-12th grade- Students can take the SAT and/or ACT. They are offered seven times per year. Students can take them as many times as they want though most students usually take them 2 to 3 times. Fee waivers are available for low-income students to take the tests twice.

6. AP Tests Readiness

Students can take these tests in May. They rarely ever re-take them. The scores come out in July.

7.  For all College Board and ACT accounts. Please have your students record their usernames and passworScreen Shot 2014-11-08 at 5.10.17 AMds on computers, cell phones, and emails. Mac users use Stickies or Notes. Google Docs work well too.

8. Reporting/Sending Scores. Most colleges allow self-reported scores. Don’t spend money on sending scores if you don’t need to. You will need to submit scores to the college you decide to attend.

9. Test Prep Matters.  Continue or start a test prep class. Princeton Review,  http://www.princetonreview.com, offers good beginning classes. There are free test prep programs online such as http://www.number2.com/ and Khan Academy. https://www.khanacademy.org/

10. Test optional colleges. Many colleges do not require tests. Here is a link to Fair Test that keeps the most up-to-date list of these colleges. Check to see if test-optional colleges require anything in place of the tests. www.fairtest.org