Stressed About College Admissions Tests?


Learning about the PSAT, SAT, and ACT will help reduce the anxiety you feel.

These exams, including the SAT Subject Tests, are the exams you will encounter as you prepare for your undergraduate adventure in learning.


Typically, high school juniors take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as an SAT practice test.

More than just a “practice test,” the PSAT qualifies some students as National Merit Scholarship finalists, a status highly regarded by many, many schools.


One of two major college entrance exams, this test assesses academic skills and current knowledge. With two required sections – Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math – an optional essay may be included and it may be required by some schools.

This required sections must be completed within three hours. The optional essay must be completed within 50 minutes.


The other major college entrance exam consists of four sections – math, English, science, and reading. It must be completed within two hours 55 minutes and is designed to identify how well students have mastered a typical college prep curriculum.

It includes an optional writing test that must be completed within 40 minutes. However, this may be required by some schools.

The SAT Subject Tests

Designed to showcase your academic strengths and weaknesses, these 20 tests cover English, history, foreign languages, math, and science.

Some schools, especially some highly selective ones, require these tests be taken and scores submitted for admission purposes. Others recommend submission, while still others will review them if submitted.

How Schools Use Scores

These tests provide a fair measure of your academic skills and readiness for collegiate level coursework.

Strong scores don’t guarantee admission; weak scores won’t necessarily disqualify you. Yet, strong scores bolster your admission application.

And, high scores relative to other applicants keep you in the running.

Prepping for these entrance exams is merely on facet of a well-designed college planning campaign. For assistance with your family’s campaign, please contact our Professional College planners to schedule your no-obligation evaluation.

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