EXAMS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
Students planning to apply to four-year post-secondary institutions are typically required to submit scores from standardized examinations as part of the college admissions process. Exams are used as an additional measurement of reasoning skills to predict college readiness. Exam requirements may include the SAT I: Reasoning Test, SAT II: Subject Tests, or the ACT. The institutions will specify which exams are required and/or preferred for admissions. The SAT I: Reasoning Test measures critical reading, math, and writing. The SAT II: Subject Tests measure strengths in specific academic areas. The ACT measures English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional). Exams are offered on various dates throughout the school year.
The recommended timeline for taking exams begins with the PSAT/NMSQT during junior year. The PSAT is offered at Blue Mountain High School during one date on a Saturday in October. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors. The PSAT may also be taken during sophomore year for additional practice. Students then typically take either the SAT or ACT for the first time during the spring in their junior year. Some students then decide to take the exams again during early fall of senior year. Students needing to take SAT II: Subject Tests usually take those exams in the fall of senior year. Further information on the exams and exam registration is available online using the attached links and also in the high school guidance office. Consult with your counselor regarding any questions or concerns about the exam process.