Most CHS sophomores and some juniors will take the PSAT test in October. Paper score reports will not be available until February. In the meantime, you can access your scores online by doing the following:
If you already have a College Board account, sign in using your user name and password.
If you don’t have an account, click on “Sign-Up” next to the blue “Sign In” button to create your College Board account.
VERY IMPORTANT: create your account with your legal name and DON’T LOSE your user name and password. You will need them to register for the SAT.
If your PSAT scores don’t appear when you log in, click the “Add Scores” button. You may have to log out and log back in to see them.
After scores are released, students will have access to use Khan Academy for SAT test prep based on student's PSAT scores - FOR FREE!
College Testing- What it means
Four year colleges require students to submit either ACT or SAT scores. The ACT is the American College Testing program. The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The tests give colleges an indication of a students academic readiness for college level instruction. Most schools accept scores from either test.
Both tests assess students in English and Math. The ACT also includes a Science section. There is also an optional Writing test offered on both the SAT and ACT. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the two sections, for a total possible score of 1600. A 4-year college bound student should score 1000 or higher. The ACT has scores ranging up to 36 in each of the four sections, and they also give a composite or average score. A good score for the ACT is 22 and higher.
A student can take the tests as often as they would like, however 2-3 times is on average when scores are the highest. Most colleges will combine the best sub-scores from multiple tests to get a best representation of a student’s ability. Test preparation usually improves test scores, and options vary from self-prep to test prep classes to simply taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) and reviewing results.
It is recommended that top students take the SAT or ACT for the first time at the end of their junior year or when they are taking Honors Algebra 2- as that is the math level tested. Then they can take the test a second time, if so desired, in the early fall of the senior year. This will allow time for the student to have scores sent to colleges between December – February, when most college applications are due.