Testing: PSAT, SAT, ACT

Juniors: Take your SAT or ACT this spring. NOW is the time to begin planning for when you will take this college/university admissions exam. 

Knowing your testing options and deciding which test you choose to take requires a bit of research. Here you will find the links to the College Board, which runs the PSAT, SAT and AP as well as the ACT site.

SAT vs. ACT  The tests have several similarities and yet have some key differences.  Take a look at the link above to see a nice table that outlines both tests.

Testing timeline

9th grade: PSAT fall optional
10th grade: PSAT fall (registered at school)
11th grade: PSAT fall (registered at school)
                     SAT or ACT Spring (register individually online)
12th grade: SAT or ACT Fall (register individually online)

How do I understand my scores?

For those of you who took the new or old SAT and want to know how those scores convert, the easiest way is to download the college board's free score converter app. 

Directions to College Board and Scores:
Help with Accessessing Scores from the College Board


  • After students log in to their College Board account, they should click Add Scores. In the Matching Tool, it is essential that the information in their account matches what they entered on their answer sheet. For example, if they put “Elizabeth” on their answer sheet and “Beth” in their account, their scores will not load. If they need to change their name, they must call Customer Service. All other changes can be made right in their account.
  • If that still doesn’t populate the scores, the student will be prompted to indicate which test they’re missing and put in their unique access code to assist the match. The access codes can be found on the Detailed Roster report in the NKHS Counseling Office.
  • Understanding your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report: Encourage students to watch this video to learn all about the new reports.
  • Understanding Your Scores: This page is a good resource for students and parents, particularly for understanding percentiles.

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