College Testing - Westborough High School is a test center for the College Board. Registration bulletins and college testing booklets describing the testing programs listed below are available in the School Counseling Office.
ACT - AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING This assessment is used throughout the country by college and university admission offices. Somewhat like an SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests combined, it is curriculum based and includes tests related to high school content areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. It is necessary to sign up and take the written portion of the ACT! 3 Keys for Success on the ACT Science Section http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/2014/03/17/3-keys-for-success-on-the-act-science-section
AP - ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS Three-hour tests administered in May each year at Westborough High School for students seeking advanced standing in college in certain subject areas.
PSAT/NMSQT - PSAT NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test for students who are considering education after high school.
SAT Reasoning Test Learn more! Redesigned SAT. The new SAT will be implemented Spring 2016. Taken in the junior year (typically twice) and often taken again (for the second or third time) in the fall of the senior year, it is required for admission to many colleges. The SAT Reasoning is primarily a multiple-choice test designed to measure verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. There is a 25-minute essay that is required.
SAT Subject Tests/ SAT II's These tests cover a variety of academic subjects and are designed to test your level of knowledge. Colleges requiring these tests usually require either two or three. Students must investigate college requirements carefully, and be aware of when tests are given.
Testing plans are discussed in classroom lessons and individual student appointments; a typical testing pattern follows:
Sophomore Year - Sophomores should elect to take the PSATs in October. All sophomores will take the state mandated MCAS in the spring of tenth grade. Sophomores may consider taking an SAT Subject Test in subject(s) that will not be studied again, such as Chemistry or World History.
Junior Year - The PSAT/NMSQT is administered in October. Test booklets and scores returned in December provide a study guide to assist students in their preparation for the SAT Reasoning Test in the spring. It is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests are usually taken in January, March, or June of the junior year. Students who plan to apply to college as early action or early decision candidates are encouraged to have taken three subject tests by the end of the junior year. Advanced Placement Exams are administered in May.
Senior Year - Seniors typically take the SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests in October or November, often for the second or third time. Advanced Placement tests are administered in May. Students who wish to take the ACT in addition to or in lieu of the SAT Reasoning Tests, generally take it once, in either their junior or senior year. ___________________________________________________ FREE Practice SATs and ACTs: