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PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

WHO: Recommended for Juniors. Optional for sophomores, not recommended for those who have not completed Geometry.

WHAT: Good prep for the SAT test. Test results show right and wrong answers and can be used as a study tool. It is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program when taken in 11th grade

WHEN: Given only once a year in OCTOBER

WHERE: Given at American High School

HOW: More information to follow regarding cost and sign-ups. Please see the school bulletin in September and October for more information.

SAT Reasoning Test (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

WHO: Recommended for Juniors & Seniors

WHAT: Used to help determine admission to the UC's, CSU's and most private colleges. The new SAT that will launch in March of  2016, contains 2 sections: 800 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 800 for Math (Each section 800 points, for maximum score of 1600 points).  The optional essay will receive a seperate score.  

WHEN: Recommended to be taken in Spring of Junior year and possibly retaken in Fall of Senior year. Test dates are: Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan/March/ May/June. December of senior year is the last test date accepted by most colleges.

WHERE:Offered at various high schools in the area. Testing locally in Oct., Nov., May and June

HOW: Sign up on-line at Test results mailed directly home to student and to our school. It is the student's responsibility to request test scores from Collegeboard be sent to colleges/universities that require them. Only Collegeboard can disclose official scores!

ACT (American College Test

WHO: Recommended for Juniors & Seniors

WHAT: Alternate test accepted by UC's, CSU's and private schools. It is preferred by some colleges (Cal Poly SLO and schools in the mid-west). It includes four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning.

WHEN: Given six times a year (Sept, Oct, Dec. Feb, April, June) and scheduled on a different weekend than the SAT

WHERE:It is available at several Bay area schools.

HOW: Sign up at . Test results mailed to student and school; scores do not appear on transcript

SAT Subject Tests

WHO: Recommended for Juniors OR sophomores who will be completing a course in the subject they would like to test in

WHAT: One hour subject specific tests and required for entrance into some selective universities. Subject areas include: Literature, Foreign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, US History, World History, and Math Level 2. (The UC’s will no longer require the subject tests for the class of 2012 and beyond although subject tests may be required for specific majors such as Engineering…check with the campus).

WHEN Recommend taking the test at the completion of the course in the same subject (generally May or June). Subject Tests are given 6 times a year.

WHERE:Offered at various high schools in the area. Testing at AHS in Oct, Nov., Dec., May and June

HOW:Sign up on-line at Test results mailed directly home and to school.

AP Tests (Advanced Placement)

WHO: Recommended for students taking an AP Course in the subject.

WHAT: Some colleges may give college credit for AP test scores of 3, 4, or 5. (check with college)

WHEN: The AP tests are given only once a year in May and follow a nationwide schedule.

WHERE:The tests are given during the school day at AHS

HOW: Sign up for test in spring at AHS School Bank.

EAP (Early Assessment Program)

WHO: Juniors who plan to apply to Cal State Universities

WHAT: English and Math assessments to earn an exemption from the placement tests required by the Cal State University. Be sure to complete the optional portion of the Spring, 2015, SBAC and CAASP exams. All sections of the exam must be completed in order to qualify for the exemption.

WHEN: Given during  Spring, 2015, SBAC and CAASP exams.

WHERE:  American High School 

HOW: While we don't know exactly what the new exam items will look like, the State-issued practice exam will give us a pretty good idea.  Teachers and students can access practice exams online.  Just log in as "guest".   


Thanks to Alamdea High School in Alameda, CA for permission to duplicate this info on our site.