The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a practice test used to prepare students to take the SAT. Colleges and universities do not use PSAT scores in making admissions decisions and, in fact, rarely if ever see PSAT scores. There are now three different PSAT examinations, each designed for a different grade level. Calverton students are automatically registered for all three PSATs, and all three are administered on campus at The Calverton School during regular school days.
1. The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered in to all eleventh graders on October 16, 2019. In addition to being a practice for the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT is used by the National Merit Scholarship Foundation as the initial criteria in its scholarship competition.High-scoring students may be named National Merit Commended Students, National Merit Semi-Finalists, or National Merit Scholars. Information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation can be found at www.nationalmerit.org.
2. The PSAT 10 will be administered to all tenth graders on March 11, 2020.
3. The PSAT 8/9 will be administered to all ninth graders on February 26, 2020. Eighth graders who wish to do so may also take the PSAT 8/9.
Complete information about the PSAT examinations is available on the College Board website: www.collegeboard.org.
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
There are two SAT examinations: the SAT and the SAT Subject Test; however, most colleges and universities require only the SAT.
The SAT is designed to assess reasoning and critical thinking skills, and by doing so, to predict a student’s likelihood of success in his or her first year of college. In addition, it is intended to provide a common standard by which colleges and universities can compare college applicants from across the United States and around the world.
The examination is comprised of three sections: Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math, and there is an optional essay section. The SAT takes approximately four hours to complete, and it is administered seven times per year. While most Calverton students should take the SAT during the eleventh grade, just when and how many times a student should take the exam is an individual choice that should be made in consultation with Mr. Wright.
Please note: Calverton students are responsible for registering themselves for the SAT. Complete information about the SAT, including specific test dates and registration deadlines, can be found at www.collegeboard.org.SAT Subject Tests are one-hour long, subject-specific examinations offered in the difference academic subject areas. Relatively few institutions require SAT Subject Tests, but those that do are generally among the more selective colleges and universities in the United States. Of these, specific institutions vary both in the number of exams and in the particular subject areas they require, but most require applicants to take examinations in at least two subject areas. SAT Subject Tests are administered six times per school year on the same days as the SAT except March. Students who are required to take SAT Subject Tests should do so in the spring of their junior year and/or early in the fall of their senior year. Students are usually most successful in taking SAT Subject Tests in those subjects in which they have also taken IB Higher Level courses.
The American College Test (ACT) is another widely used college entrance examination.Virtually all colleges and universities in the United States will accept either the ACT or the SAT. The ACT consists of five sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing section. The ACT takes approximately four hours to complete, and it is administered six times per year. The ACT is not administered during the summer.
Please note: Calverton students are responsible for registering themselves for the ACT. Complete information about the ACT, including specific test dates and registration deadlines, can be found at www.act.org .
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for non-native speakers of English by many colleges and universities in the United States. The TOEFL measures students’ ability to use and understand English at the university level, and it consists of four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.The TOEFL is administered online in many locations, the nearest of which is in College Park, Maryland.
Please note: Calverton students are responsible for registering themselves for the TOEFL. Complete information about TOEFL, including specific test dates and registration deadlines, can be found at www.toefl.org.