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CEEB Code: 052358 PVPUSD

College Admission Tests

Room: 318

Mrs. Joanne Lewis
Director, College & Career Center
310-378-8471 Ext. 618
lewisja@pvpusd.net

Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
Scholarship & Financial Aid Coordinator
310-378-8471 Ext. 347
hoffmant@pvpusd.net


College Day

 
Freshman – A brief introduction on how best to begin preparing for college since transitioning to high school will be presented by a College Admissions Representative during the first 45 minutes of English class on either Monday or Tuesday of College Week.

Sophomores – Tenth grade students will have the opportunity to take a PreACT. 

Juniors – The entire Junior Class will take the PSAT/NMSQT (preliminary SAT, National Merit Qualifying Test) on College Day. No registration is needed for an 11th grade student as the fee is generously paid by the PVHS Booster Club and PTSA.

Seniors – Seniors will be given the opportunity to have their college admission essay read by a college admissions representative.  
 

PSAT

 
PSAT will be given to all PVHS Juniors on October 19, 2016. There is no need to register. This is a regular school day and attendance is mandatory. Juniors should report to their assigned classroom by 8:00 a.m. Room assignments will be posted here and near the CCC (room 318).

The PSAT/NMSQT is a preliminary SAT and also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test provided by The College Board. (Only 11th grade scores are considered for National Merit honors). It is a 2 hour 45 minute test consisting of three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing Skills. Scores will be reported on a shared common score scale with the SAT: The scale ranges for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores are 320–1520 for the total score, 160–760 for each of two section scores, and 8–38 for test scores.

The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship (NMSQT). Juniors who take the PSAT are eligible to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

More information:

 

ACT

 
Register for the ACT at: www.act.org (CEEB or Site Code: 052358)
The University of California requires the SAT or ACT + 2 SAT Subject Tests California State University required the SAT or ACT For a list of schools that deemphasize the SAT or ACT as part of their admission or are “test-optional” go to: www.fairtest.org

ALWAYS VERIFY THE INDIVIDUAL TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR ANY COLLEGE YOU ARE CONSIDERING.
 

SAT

 

Click here for the current SAT testing schedule

Register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.


The University of California requires the SAT or ACT + 2 SAT Subject Tests
California State University requires the SAT or ACT.
For a list of schools that deemphasize the SAT or ACT as part of their admission or are “test-optional” go to: www.fairtest.org

ALWAYS VERIFY THE INDIVIDUAL TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR ANY COLLEGE YOU ARE CONSIDERING
 

Subject Tests

 
Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.

Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to Colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction. The tests’ content evolves to reflect current trends in high school curricula, but the types of questions change little from year to year.

Many Colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT Reasoning Test, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance.

Some Colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. ALWAYS VERIFY THE INDIVIDUAL TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR ANY COLLEGE YOU ARE CONSIDERING.

Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas:
 
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Languages
 

Click for more information on Subject Tests from College Board.
Not all Colleges require subject tests for admission. The University of California requires scores from 2 subject tests. 

Compass: List of schools that require subject tests.

 

Test Preparation

College & Career Center has current reference copies of test preparation guides, also available for purchase at local bookstores and Amazon.com. Older versions of test prep books have been donated to the Library and are available for check-out.