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PSAT/SAT/ACT Information




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PSAT Information


Most colleges and universities require some form of standardized testing as a part of their application process. Students at NBHS register to take the PSAT (Preliminary Standardized Aptitude Test) in the fall of their junior year, but may take it sooner.


Taking the PSAT not only gives students an unofficial preview of the SAT (Standardized Aptitude Test) which is normally taken in the Spring of junior year and/or fall of Senior year, but also qualifies them for national merit scholarships based on their scores. Some also choose to take the ACT (American College Test) as another standardized testing option. 



SAT Information


SAT Test & Registration Dates for 2018-19 school year from College Board

Test Dates   Regular Registration
Late Registration

October 6, 2018

  September 7, 2018 *September 21, 2018
November 3, 2018 (at NBHS)   October 5,2018 *October 19, 2018
December 1, 2018   November 2, 2018 *November 16, 2018
March 9, 2019 (at NBHS)   February 8, 2019 *February 22, 2019
May 4, 2019   April 5, 2019 *April 19, 2019
June 1, 2019 (at NBHS)   May 3, 2019 *May 17, 2019

*(late fee applies)



SAT versus ACT:  Differences at a Glance





Type of Assessment

Aptitude Test - reflects content used in all strong college preparatory courses.

Achievement Test - curriculum-based tests that measure achievement in core content areas.


The SAT is accepted nationwide.

The ACT is accepted nationwide.

What is the structure of the test?

Ten Sections:

  • 3 Critical Reading
  • 3 Math
  • 1 Experimental (masked to look like a regular section)

5 Sections:

  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Optional: Writing (required by most)
  • 1 Experimental section (only added to certain test dates)

What is the test content?

  • Math – Up to Geometry & Algebra II
  • Reading – Sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension
  • Math – up to Trigonometry
  • Science - charts, graphs and data interpretation
  • Reading – Four passages, one each of Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities and Natural Science
  • English – Grammar
  • Writing – Persuasive Essay

Is there a penalty for wrong answers?


  • ¼ of a point for each wrong multiple choice answer


Testing Time

  • 3 hours, 45 minutes, including an unscored 25 minute experimental section
  • 2 hours, 55 minutes
  • Optional 30-minute Writing Section

How is the test scored?

  • 200-800 per section, added together for a combined score of 400-1600
  • Each section is given a score of 1-36
  • All sections averaged together give the student a total composite score of  1-36
  • Writing – a score of 2-12 and it counts as 1/3 of the total English score

Are all scores sent to schools?


For requests made after March 2009, there is a score choice option.  Students can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the school will see.


There is a score choice option.  Studentts can choose which schools will receive their scores AND which scores the school will see.

Test Accommodations?

YES – Forms/Documentation needed

YES – Forms/Documentation needed


$46.00 (SAT)

$38.00, ACT plus Writing $54.50

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