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Admission Testing Information

General Information

PSAT:  The PSAT is offered for free at SRHS mid-October, and all sophomores and juniors are required to take it. The score from the junior testing will be used to determine elegibility for the National Merit Scholars and Hispanic Scholarship.  Note: The PSAT will reflect the changes to the SAT I except that it will not include an essay. Students register for the PSAT in the Counseling Office beginning October 1st.  The last day to register is two days prior to the exam and generally costs approx. $25.  Alternative test dates, other than SRHS's, may be available, first come first serve basis, at other locations such as Marin Catholic HS, Branson's, San Dominico, Marin Academy. Check with individual schools for correct information. FEE WAIVERS ARE AVAILABLE from Counseling.

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS TRY BOTH THE SAT AND ACT TO DETERMINE WHICH STYLE OF TEST THEY PERFORM BETTER ON.

 

SAT I Reasoning TestStarting with the class of 2010, students will have the option of choosing which of their various scores they want to have sent. You may not split your results and only send the math portion but you can opt to hold back one or more sittings if you wish. 

The SAT I is a 3 1/2 hour test composed of a number of sections. The sections  are Math, Critical Reading, and Writing (a 1/2 essay). The Calif. State University System does not count the writing portion of the SAT Reasoning Test for admission eligibility purposes.  The SAT I is scored on a scale of 200-800 for each section, with higher scores reflecting better performance.  The test may be repeated as many times as you like to obtain a higher score.  Students should ask colleges, they are considering, whether the college accepts the highest scores from one sitting or the highest score attained from multiple sittings. We recommend juionrs take the May or June SAT I and repeat it in Oct. of their senior year. Some more competetive colleges do not accept SAT test scores from later than the Oct test.  Fee waivers are available from counseling for those students who qualify. More detailed information on the SAT I can be obtained at www.collegeboard.com.  In general, the test is given in January, March, May, June, October, November and December. For a schedule of testing dates and to register, go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

SAT II Subject TestsThe SAT II Subject tests are one hour tests offered in a variety of subjects.  For the University of California and some private colleges, two SAT II Subject tests are required in two different subject areas. We recommend taking subject test as early as the end of your freshman year if you have done well in an honors or AP class related to a SAT II Subject area. UC will use the best two scores from two different subject areas even if you take more than two tests. If you plan to major in computer science, engineering or math, it is recommended that you take, as one of your subject tests, the math level II test. Math level 1 is not counted by UC campuses. For information about the University of California  requirements, refer to: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/welcome.html    Other colleges and universities require SAT II tests and others simply recommend that students take them. To determine if you should take the SAT II subject tests, consult the individual colleges to which you are planning to apply.  In general, the tests are given in January, May, June, October, November and December. For a schedule of testing dates and to register, go to www.collegeboard.com

 

ACTThe ACT is the American College Test and, for most colleges and universities, is an alternative to the SAT I.   The test is three hours  and sections cover math, reading and science reasoning. It test information that  you have learned as apposed to the SAT REasoning which requires applying knowledge. There is an optional 1/2 hour essay required by UC and some other colleges. For information concerning registration and testing dates, visit www.act.org

 

TOEFLThe TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  is usually required by colleges for students who have been to high school in the USA for less than four years. In general, the test is given in August, Oct., Nov., Jan., March, and May. If a student's SAT Critical Reading score is not as high as the student might like, it may be advisable to take the TOEFL, even thougth it is not required,  to show the student's skills in the use of English as the test is different than the SAT or ACT. More information can be obtained at www.ets.org/toefl  The test has three sections: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension.