College Entrance Exams
LHS TESTING COORDINATOR: Holly Spinks, 469-948-3150 or SpinksH@lisd.netThe SAT and ACT are standardized, objective tests that are required for entrance into four-year colleges and universities. Your scores show colleges how ready you are to handle the work at their institutions and how your skills compare with other applicants. As a high school Junior, you should be preparing to take these exams during the spring of your Junior year or at the latest, fall of your Senior year.PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying TestThe PSAT/NMSQT, a short form of the SAT, measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. It serves four purposes:
The test is offered only in October and should be taken by all sophomores and college-bound juniors. Freshman are encouraged to take the test for practice.Once you receive results & access code, go to Collegeboard's My College QuickStart. This site will give you a personalized online PSAT score report, personalized SAT study plan, and an interactive college/career/major match. This letter will give you more information about how to utilize QuickStart. This PSAT powerpoint presentation advises students on using the feedback provided in the score report and in My College QuickStart™ to improve their academic skills and plan for college and beyond. For the parents, a Parent Tutorial for Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results.SATMethod of Scoring: Scores adjusted for guessing. Penalty for incorrect responses.Test Score Scales: 200-800 on the two areas: Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) & MathTotal: 600-1600 (sum of Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) & Math)SAT Writing is now optionalSAT II Subject TestsSAT II tests are required at many competitive colleges. Check with the admissions office at the school to which you are applying. The Subject Tests measure students’ knowledge and skills in a particular subject and their ability to apply that knowledge.ACTwww.actstudent.org - ACT registration, scores, test dates and more.Method of Scoring: Scores based on number of right answers. No penalty for guessing.Test Score Scales: 1-36 for each four sections. English 25%; Reading 25%; Math 25%; Social Science 25%Composite: 1-36 (average of 4 test scores)How to prepare for the PSAT, SAT or ACT:
- Allows students to compare their academic abilities with other college-bound students at their specific grade level.
- Familiarizes students with the SAT.
- Shows the student areas on which he/she may need to concentrate additional preparation before taking the SAT.
- Allows college-bound juniors to compete for National Merit Scholarships
- Take the LHS PSAT or SAT/ACT Prep courses.
- Use an outside preparation agency.
- Go online to the Collegeboard or ACT preparation websites.
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TSI AssessmentThe TSI (Texas Success Initiative) is required for admission into all Texas 2 or 4-year colleges. Its purpose is to assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshman-level students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas public colleges or universities.Exemptions: You are exempt from taking the TSI if any one of the conditions listed below applies to you.ACT composite score of 23 or higher with English and math part scores equal to or greater than 19.SAT combined score of 1070 or higher with critical reading and math part scores equal to or greater than 500.Testing for College CreditAP - Advanced Placement TestingAdvanced Placement Examinations are administered at LHS during the spring of each year. These exams are based upon college-level courses taught in high school. Exam scores are reported on a five-point scale with five being the highest score. A score of three or better is acceptable for advanced placement and college credit by most colleges.CLEP - College Level Examination ProgramCLEP provides an opportunity for individuals who have acquired certain knowledge outside the traditional classroom to earn core academic college credits through an examination. The scores range from 200-800. Some colleges give credit for scores above 500, enabling students to skip certain courses. Students can register for and take CLEP Exams at most college and university testing centers.