The PSAT, SAT, and ACT are standardized tests. The PSAT is the test that determines National Merit Scholars.
Both the ACT and SAT are accepted at colleges and universities. There are many schools that do not require standardized test scores . The link to test optional schools is below:
At Lansdale Catholic, our students usually take the PSAT in 9th, 10th and 11th graders each year in the fall. The PSAT serves as a good practice ground for the SAT. The PSAT in the Fall of Junior year determines National Merit qualifiers.
The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science, as well as an optional writing test. Individual scores are given for each part of the test on a scale of 1-36, plus a composite score (the average of the four scores). The ACT exam is approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes long (or 3 hours and 35 minutes with the Writing section). The ACT test preparation booklet can be found below which includes a full-length practice test and test-taking strategies.
ACT and test preparation may be found through the link below:
The SAT consists of two sections, Math and Evidenced-based Reading & Writing (ERW). There is an optional Writing section. The Math and ERW are scored on a scale of 1-800, with a composite score of both sections (an average of the two scores). The SAT exam is approximately 3 hours long (or 3 hours and fifty minutes with the Writing section). Full-length practice tests can be found below:
SAT practice and readiness
Dates and registration information for the SAT exam can be found here. Information about SAT Fee Waivers can be found here. (Open these links in a new window)
Practice for standardized testing is very beneficial.
STEM Honors students are required to practice each summer on the test of their choice. All students are encouraged to do multiple practice tests to learn both the format and timing that is crucial to success.
Free online sites that offer preparation: Open in new window to view.
Free Online Resources
Khan Academy: Free, online SAT preparation from College Board
ACT Academy: Free, online ACT preparation from ACT Student
Free Online Practice Tests (need Multnomah County Library Card). Search “LearningExpress Library” for practice tests and resources.