|Oliver Ames School Counseling Department
Testing plans are discussed in School Counseling Seminars or with School Counselors; a typical testing pattern follows:
Junior Year - The PSAT/NMSQT is administered to OAHS juniors who choose to take them on a Saturday in October. Scores returned in December can 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 often taken in March, May or June of the junior year. Many students will take the SAT twice if necessary. Students who plan to apply to college as early action or early decision candidates and their colleges require it, are encouraged to have taken subject tests by the end of the junior year. Advanced Placement Exams are administered in May.
Senior Year - Seniors if necessary take the SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests in August, October or November, for the second 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, in either their junior or senior year.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a college entrance exam administered to thousands of students each year. The SAT was developed by the College Board and testing areas include Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. We encourage students to take the exam twice - towards the end of junior year or during the fall of senior year. If you are applying ED or EA try not to take it any later than October of your senior year so scores will be available before deadline dates. Students will need to create a free username/password on the College Board website before registering for a test. If you had a user name and password from the PSAT be sure to use it rather than creating a new one. Test dates are imposed by the College Board. Please click the link for further information.
The ACT is another college entrance exam that students may take when looking to apply to college. The ACT covers areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing. If a student is unsure whether they should take the SAT or ACT please have them see their guidance counselor.
The PSAT is a practice version of the SAT and is offered to sophomores and juniors and is offered at their local high school Students who wish to take the PSAT register through the Town of Easton website, NOT College Board. On the homepage, click on the 'Pay Your Bills Online' side tab. Next, select 'Easton Public Schools,' and finally, 'PSAT.' This will register your student for the PSAT. Students must report to the high school by 7:30am. The cost is $28.00.
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Bilingual students whose first language was not English and whose command of Engish is not as strong as it might be often take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) The TOEFL is taken in addition to SATs. Speak to your counselor and/or head of the ELL program regarding the applicability of the TOEFL to your situation and to learn registration details. You must do this well in advance of the testing date. To register, please go online to www.toefl.org. The TOEFL is taken at a designated center on a computer.
TEST PREP INFORMATION
The following information is available for SAT and ACT prep. Please check back periodically for updates:
Khan Academy on-line videos and tutorials for SAT:
Collegeboard and Khan Academy have paired up to provide free SAT tutoring. If you have taken the PSAT you will receive a code in score report which will create a customized tutorial based on your responses.
ACT on-line course:
Cost is $24.95
Bridgewater State University has a SAT Test Prep class. Here is the page for the most recent information on Bridgewater Continuing Education.
STANDARDIZED TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
Not all students with an IEP, 504 Plan or other plan, or professional evaluation are eligible for testing accommodations through the College Board. To be eligible the student must:
In summary, to be eligible for testing accommodations your must have the above documentation and actually be receiving the accommodations in school on a regular basis. For complete and up-to-date information on Student Services from the College Board, please visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd.
After the College Board reviews your request for accommodations, you will receive a notification from College Board (otherwise known as an “eligibility letter”) stating the results of the College Board’s review. If your request for accommodations is approved, please keep this eligibility letter in a safe place. It is essential to include a copy of this letter or your SSD number (found on the letter) with EACH subsequent SAT registration in the future. Please note that once you are approved for accommodations through College Board, there is no need to re-apply.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to register for each test within the prescribed deadlines regardless of the status of the accommodations application.
If you wish to request accommodations for the ACT, the parent consent form may be found http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/TAA-Consent-to-Release-Information-to-ACT.pdf. A detailed description of eligibility criteria, including guidelines for documentation, is on the ACT website. Please read through the eligibility requirements, guidelines for documentation, and instructions.
A key difference in requesting accommodations on the ACT is that the student must be registered for a specific exam date before a request for accommodations can be submitted. It is your responsibility to meet the imposed deadlines.
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